Date: Thu, 16-Feb-84 09:03:58 EST
Posted: Thu Feb 16 09:03:58 1984
Date-Received: Fri, 17-Feb-84 06:09:46 EST
Organization: DEC Western Research Lab, Los Altos, CA
Date: Thursday, 16 Feb 1984 06:07:48-PST
Subject: Re: Halbert, Inc.
The Halbert business is not exactly a scam, but you may be lured
by their advertising into thinking that you are getting more for your
money than you are. The "registry or the Albrechts" is merely an
accumulation of phone book information for people of the name Albrecht.
This could be useful in certain circumstances, e.g., you are trying
to sell a family history of the Albrechts or are trying to collect
information for the same. It is probably not very useful at all if
you are trying merely to trace your own Albrecht ancestors. The "little
known facts" are stuff like the number of names on the above list, nothing
of any real interest. The other stuff is general information readily
available in any number of libraries. Yes, and that includes the coat
of arms. Any major library will have an armorial reference, and you can
bet that if Halbert, Inc., found it that it isn't hard to find.
If you really have a need for a mailing list (and I'm not sure how complete
it is) of Albrechts, then perhaps the 25 bucks is not a lot to pay for
one. Otherwise I recommend using your money in more productive ways.
For example, you could send it to me and I'll keep it.
By the way, I do not know all this from experience. Other people I know
have fallen for it, and it has been written up in this or that magazine.