So you really don't believe I would buy the publications! Would you like a list of what I compiled during the last 23 years? I save up to travel to the U.K. which I manage about once every five years - a lot of time spent in Dumfriesshire where my family originate - and spend 90% of that time hunting around cemeteries, researching archives - all the usual. Believe me, I buy those publications when I can.
Really the distance is not as irrelevent as you may consider it, because that is exactly what I do when I get there, traipse around the country, after paying my air fare, bus/train fares and accommodation, because then I can see for myself what I have read in a publication, or from other sources of information. The old rule, confirm everything.
I have spent many hours transcribing MIs and mistakes do creep in. I take my hat off to the dedicated folk who do all this for the love of our hobby, but even from a publication after checking for myself, I have seen errors. We all make them.
By the way it's no use complaining to our post office!!