Maybe your family is like mine. We come from a long line of hard working, salt of the earth people. Yes, that means many of them could not read or write.
Tips & Opinions
Where does one get good genealogy data? Unfortunately, there is no single correct answer to this question. The answer depends in large part on where you are researching and what you need.
So how do you prevent yourself from becoming a contributor to the vast amount of bad genealogy data?
Beware of the free hints at Ancestry.com. One of the biggest problems with Ancestry.com hints is in the poor quality of the research that backs up the actual hint recommendations. Couple that with poor heuristics used by Ancestry for ‘hint’ data validation and you can some real genealogical data disasters. As I noted in an(…)
Genealogy requires assumptions… Over the past few weeks, I have been working on discovering (perhaps rediscovering) a family line. My Deyo family tree was incorrect, in a major way!
Getting a good picture from an aged image is crucial to developing and maintaining a good family history. Unfortunately as you look around ManyRoads, you’ll notice countless images that ought to be fixed. Aside from being a tad lazy, the skills required to accomplish this effort are significant and confusing.
Time and patience are great virtues in life and genealogy. It is simply amazing how many things can be accomplished by letting them simmer a while.
Image & document restoration is key to successfully reading many genealogical documents. The source documents we have available to us today are often simply scanned or photographic images of original handwritten documents. Many of the originals are themselves are in poor or suspect condition even before they are digitally captured. Given that is the case,(…)
One of the great genealogical research problems, for me, is my recent relatives. The folks I am refering to are either still alive or recently deceased. In either case, they are near enough that their data is most difficult to ferret out. Most marriages, births, etc that have occurred in the last 50 years and(…)
Data Quality is the first in a series of posts on “Genealogy Gotchas”. (I thought this might present useful tips & pointers to our readers while I await your votes on my little poll.)
It has been on my mind for quite a while that I should share a bit of insight into which Genealogy tools I find useful, have tried to use, etc. I’ll expand this posting theme over time but here goes… Genealogy Databases-