Ok, so both me and my Dad get a letter this morning from “William Pince Publishers”. It says that this guy (William Pince) has done lots of research into the Sacre family tree, and that we can have a printed and bound version of it if we would care to place an advance order (about £35 of advance order).
There are several things about it that just smack of ‘scam’. I’ll just post a few of them:
- my Dad has already done a pretty extensive family tree. He put a LOT of work in, and now we have an almost complete family tree, in England from about the 1500s. Anyway, William Pince claimed that he’d gone back as far as the 1640s. That’s not particularly thorough, is it?
- the fine print says that money can only be returned if genealogical errors are found. I’m sorry, but those aren’t acceptable terms!
I would imagine the publication is probably just a collection of birth certificates, that kind of thing — not an actual family tree.
I also Googled ‘William Pince Publishers’ and found this, to save you reading it I’ve quoted:
August 2004 We advise members of the Barcham Family who receive a letter from ‘William Pince Publishers’ offering The Barcham Family Chronicle and a Barcham coat of arms that these products are nothing to do with our Barcham family and should not be confused with our publications. We recommend that any communcations from William Pince should be binned.
Yep, I recommend you should bin any communication from William Pince too. You never know, that may save some people losing out on money…