Friday, November 13, 2009

Something May Not Seem Right....

Hello All -

I saw this cartoon recently and thought it was quite funny, but too true when it comes to doing research. This is something that doesn't seem right - was an ancestor baptized before he was born? Do you have an ancestor that shows a birth that was after the mother's death date, or was shown to be born when the mother was in her 70s?

These are just a few examples of what to look out for. If it doesn't make sense than it probably isn't right. It is best to go back and check the facts, and also to see if there was just a simple typo from someone recording the information.

I have seen this quite often online on websites that allow people to upload their family histories for public viewing. Many times a simple typo or other mistake in researching can cause others to fall into the same mistake and it keeps getting spread to other people research the same family. A newbie family researcher can easily fall into this trap of using these mistaken trees.

I encourage anyone who puts their family tree online to please be very sure that your information is correct and you have followed the GPS (Genealogical Proof Standard) in performing your research. Always reference your work as well; that way others can go and check too - they can see where you got your data from.

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