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March 27, 2010

NCGenWeb Part 1/5

As strange as it may seem, it does happen

It took remarkable courage for the former NCGenWeb State Coordinator Diane Siniard to send us the below. It is only the tip of the iceberg, and more will be revealed during the next several days. We will not attempt to explain how this happened, but rather will report only what happened. When Diane resigned as SC, she was asked how she was doing and we now present the beginning of her story.

Mary White

"Well, other than feeling like the wool was pulled over my eyes for many months and years and now I can see the NCGenWeb clearly for the first time in what seems like a very long time I am shocked by what I see and hear. I noticed on the NCGenWeb site they are running tracers on all sites that don't have their sites on the ncgenweb servers, which I did warn the CC's to be on the lookout that they were plotting and planning over, and now I am worried for those CC's because all of them are great people and they really don't deserve to be treated that way.

"Nola basically dictated to me who I was to bring into the Board and I did it and now look what I have done, I made a board of dictators who will ruin what I could have built into a wonderful project if I had been left alone. Hell, I was sent letters to send to the CC's, I think you got a copy of one [which will be published later. -mw] That was written by Derick and I was ordered to send it out, it wasn't written by me. I was sent emails of what to say and when to the CC's, what rules to implement and when, etc. I am ashamed of myself for doing what I was ordered to do. I am a grown woman and here I was a damn puppet and Nola was the grand puppet master pulling my strings and I really had no freaking idea at the time!

"I wish someone would have come up to me slapped me and made me wake up! I really regret everything I have done and did to the NCGenWeb Project to hurt but most of all to the CC's that have been hurt most of all. They really don't know and don't understand what all was really going on behind the scenes and because of it I have been called a Nazi, a dictator, etc and some quit thinking I was the one implementing and causing all of the changes. If they could only find out the real truth...I thought about posting some of the emails, etc. But then I wouldn't look any better than the Board and I am sure they would make up more lies.

"They have stooped so low as to contact all of my researchers and are telling them I am an alias, I am not who I say I am, I have stolen their research and that it won't be available online ever again, and so on and so forth. They are also asking all of my researchers to send their data to them. Well several have told them that if they find any of their information on any NCGenWeb site there will be trouble and hell to pay. Which you don't know how good that makes me feel!

"Little does NCGenWeb know that I have met a great many of my researchers in person and/or talked to them on the phone and they are very loyal and quite dedicated to me. We are like a family and they do not support the way I have been treated even though they don't know what has happened, they only know I quit and moved the sites and that is enough for them.

"I just feel like a heel for being the scapegoat and letting NCGenWeb CC's down like I did. I do wish there was some way I could let them know the truth about all of it.


March 23, 2010

Susan & NCGenWeb

During the next several days we will be reporting on some recent activities concerning NCGenWeb, one of our favorite sources for unusual USGenWeb doings, although for NCGenWeb it's business as usual. Our sad tale will require several Blog posts, some of which will have links to our companion Web site for further information, more details, and evidence.

Although Susan Jones is not the main focus of our new revelation of corruption in the USGenWeb, she is involved as an innocent bystander, but not the only one to have been hurt by it.
The below records her in 2003, but we have found evidence of Susan being in NCGenWeb as early as September 1, 2001.

Mary White

> From: Derick S. Hartshorn
> Sent: Mar 21, 2003 6:39 AM
> To: Lee County,

> Cc:,, susan jones
> Subject: Re: Rockingham /// Lee
> Unless anyone has any objections, I'll let Susan Jones and
> Anne Powell work together to make the transaction.
> --Derick
>> At 10:36 PM 3/20/03 -0500, Lee County wrote:
>> Derick,
>> That sounds great to me. Just let me know if I need to do
>> anything to turn it over other than send her the few
>> submissions that need to be posted.
>> Anne
>>> ----- Original Message -----
>>> From: Derick S. Hartshorn
>>> To:;

>>> Cc:;; susan
>>> jones;

>>> Sent: Thursday, March 20, 2003 8:53 PM
>>> Subject: Re: Rockingham /// Lee
>>> Often times we are so eager to recruit volunteers into our
>>> Project that we sometimes make mistakes. Usually, when
>>> that happens, one person winds up with egg on their face.
>>> Susan Jones volunteered for the position of Rockingham
>>> CC,
all the while we are working on finding adoptive
>>> parents
for two more counties. Without thinking, I asked
>>> all to
welcome her aboard. She was recommended highly
>>> by my
cousin, Bobbie Cutter.
>>> Previously, I had given full responsibility to Nola for
>>> staffing and she did nothing short of fantastic. However,
>>> I found myself dealing with two CCs for Rockingham:
>>> Susan
and Darleen Ricci (current CC for Campden). Nola
>>> had
Darleen were up to speed almost immediately and the
>>> page,
which had been delinked, is now up to speed.
>>> I feel badly for this major "brain-fart" and apologize to
>>> Susan and all the others involved. Good fortune seems to
>>> preserve our Project in spite of my information overload.
>>> I received the following from Anne Powell, Lee Co. CC:
>>>> Hi Derick,
>>>> Not quite sure who all I need to send this to, so forward
>>>> this to whoever is necessary. Life has gotten a bit
>>>> hectic for me as of late and I don't have any time at all
>>>> for my own research, let alone keeping up a webpage.
>>>> Top
that with a major illness with one of my immediate
>>>> family
members and internet connection problems. I'm
>>>> afraid I
need to step down as County Coordinator of
>>>> the Lee County
NCGenWeb site.
>>>> The new CC is more than welcome to keep the items I
>>>> have
put online and I'm willing to help out in whatever
>>>> way I
can ....
>>>> Anne Powell
>>>> Lee County
>>> If Anne and the Board determine that Susan Jones is an
>>> appropriate candidate for Lee Co. CC, I'd like to offer
>>> this as a solution to the problem I created.
>>> --Derick
>>>> Date: Wed, 19 Mar 2003 21:20:03 -0500
>>>> To: susan jones
>>>> From: Derick S. Hartshorn
>>>> Subject: Re: Rockingham
>>>> Cc: NCGW-Board
>>>> At 03:22 PM 3/19/03 -0500, you wrote:
>>>>>Derick, Bobbie told me she mentioned to you that I
like to get my own county. Thank you for
>>>>>forwarding the
mail she wrote. Yes, I would be very
>>>>>interested in
getting a county of my own. With
>>>>>Bobbie, there really
isn't too much for me to do,
>>>>>since she is on top of
things with her Perquimans
>>>>>County web site. We did work
on it together to get
>>>>>new data, etc. but now it seems to
be running rather
>>>>>smoothly. So, keep me in mind when
you decide,
>>>>>ok? Thanks.

>>>>>Co CC
>>>> Susan,
>>>> As far as I am concerned, you seem to have the desire
>>>> and
the ethic to represent this historically significant
>>>> county. My very first inclination was that you would
>>>> really make this county shine. If you feel that you can
>>>> do a good job representing Rockingham County and
>>>> making
information available to researchers, that's all
>>>> we ask.
Whatever you need in the way of assistance,
>>>> we shall
provide. Please feel free to write any of the
>>>> Board
members for assistance. Those who have been
>>>> familiar with
this dialogue, please welcome Susan
>>>> Jones as our
tentative Rockingham NCGWP page
>>>> host. If I may assume my
prerogative, I feel this
>>>> appointment best conforms to our
Project goals.
>>>> --Derick