Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Don't Rely Too Much on the Internet for Your Research

I saw this image/poster California Genealogical Society and Library Blog
http://calgensoc.blogspot.com/2009/03/internet-genealogy-its-just-tip-of.html

What a great image, and how true. As most of you know I am a big advocate for technology in genealogy; however, I am also still "old-fashioned" when it comes to the traditional methods. The internet is a great tool, but it doesn't have the complete resources as the archives, libraries, and other repositories have. Especially if you are looking in the local area for your ancestors. Your local library or archive or courthouse, etc. will have more of what you need to find that ancestor.

In order to be a good and well educated genealogist/family historian, you need a mix of the old and the new. In my opinion going to the local libraries and archives, and doing the searching of the books, manuscripts, documents, etc. in person makes for a much better researcher. There is nothing like sitting in a hard wooden chair and desk and going to get the books or other documents you need - just spending a good amount of time searching and being able to talk to people in the facility about the various sources and your own project that you are working on. Who knows maybe you might bump into a relative researching one of your families too.

The bottom line is that the internet doesn't have it all. More and more information is being included everyday online which is good. But, it is vital that you do the "legwork" at a library or archive too. As the poster illustrates - the internet is just the tip of the iceberg. In the end you will be a much better and experienced genealogist.

1 comment:

Kathryn Doyle said...

So glad you have shared our poster!