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  • Bill Crant
    April 07, 2013 - 23:26

    Mr. Neal, I am offended, I agree that without the volunteers the site wouldn't exist. But having done what Don is doing and being at Don's when he is doing it, he puts more time into this site than the average person put's in their job, 8 hours a day, more like 12 to 16. Walk in someone's shoes before you state things you have no idea about. Cheers :-) Bill Crant, Founder of the Site.

  • Edward Gushue
    January 24, 2013 - 00:46

    Hi I am hoping that I can make contact with "Elaine Spurrell" through your site, Elaine`s mother "Annie Spurrell" was born in butter cove in 1914 my mother " Martha Spurrell" was born there in 1912, and they probably knew each other although my mother left there at about 10 yrs old. I am hoping you could pass along my email address to her and if she wanted to corespond with me we could share info on our ancestors, I presently live in dorchester s.c. u.s.a. Thank you

  • chris neal
    November 18, 2011 - 13:16

    one of the main volunteers his name is Sherwin Flight, i have been around him several times when hes working on this site, and i must say i cant believe how much work it is to keep something going. hundreds of hours have been spent improving this website, and its just amazing that we have people who help out just cause! just thought id mention how much work goes into the site, allot of people don't realize how long it takes to do some things! i would never have the patience!

  • Joan Hotson
    December 21, 2010 - 11:04

    Kudos, Don! You and your operation are so deserving of recognition for the marvellous contribution you make. Whatever would we do without you? I shudder to imagine the tragedy of the loss of family history data that this dedicated group of volunteers has rescued and organized. I'm so glad I heard about the article honouring your endeavours. Keep up the good work!

  • Sherwin Flight
    November 02, 2010 - 03:17

    I have also been able to use this site many times to find family information, and have even got to discuss some of it with a distant relative. I decided to volunteer to help with the website because it was such an excellent tool for Newfoundlanders, or people otherwise connected to the province through marriage, military service, etc. I believe there is even a story of someone that left his home country and moved to NF to avoid being drafted into (not sure which) war. My original plan, when I first contacted Don Tate, was to help them move from a site with a lot of static content, to a more dynamic database driven system to make things much easier to search. We now have the complete 1921 census moved over to the new system. We are planning more census information to this format. We have also, during the last year or so, set up a message board that now lets you connect directly with other message board members. Many message board members are also willing to help people try to find family information that they may have as well. For those of you that read the article, but have not visited the site, you really should check it out. You may find a long-lost relative, or who your great, great, great, great Grandfather is. The link is in the article, not sure if I can post it here.

  • Harold Stapleton
    November 01, 2010 - 13:39

    Thanks to all who make the Grand Banks website available for family history people. I have used in innumerable times and it is invaluable. Thanks to all from a researched in NL.

  • Trishe Willis
    November 01, 2010 - 11:37

    To Don and his wonderful "staff" of volunteers, a huge thank you for all the work you do. This site is an invaluable resource for all of us doing genealogical research, but especially for those who are not privileged enough to reside full-time in Newfoundland. The wealth of historical information on the website is amazing and thanks to Don and the other volunteers like him, it will not be lost to future generations.

  • Gerry Connors
    November 01, 2010 - 10:51

    Been on that site many times. It's a fountain of knowlege & just an interesting site. Thanks!

  • John
    November 01, 2010 - 07:45

    I can only imagine how much time Mr. Tate spends on his site. Just the proof reading must take him hours each day in addition to the many other tasks involved with managing a web site. What is unfortunate is the federal governments decision to keep census information unavailable for such a long time (100 years?). Why not release this information after 50 years, especially as this information can be found elsewhere with some digging in the archives or even the newspapers. This would be imensely valuable the many NLers who have moved away due work, marriage etc.

    • chris neal
      November 18, 2011 - 13:20

      i believe mr. tate spends alot less time then you think working on this site. its the people who volunteer their time that have made this site what it is. without them this site would have never made it. to much appreciation goes to the top guys, when its always the little guys that are doing all the work!