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Have a Tree? Learn about verifying data
Posted by: Jade (ID *****8954) Date: August 27, 2008 at 06:41:10
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GENTREK will present "Verifying Internet Data," by Dae Powell. Many budding genealogists are thrilled when find that many of the names in their family tree are easily available online. Proud of their accomplishment, they then download all the data they can from these Internet sources, import it into their genealogy software and proudly start sharing their "genealogy" with others. Their research then makes its way into new genealogy databases and collections, further perpetuating the new "family tree" and amplifying any errors each time the source is copied. While it sounds great, there is one major problem with this scenario; namely that the family information that is freely published in many Internet databases and Web sites is often unsubstantiated and of questionable validity. Let's look at this problem together.

Presentation will be Thurs., Aug. 28, 10 pm to 11 pm, Eastern Time US.

See presentation and participate here, on Genealogy Lookup Chat:

You must register (completely free) well beforehand and carefully read the instructions to sign up.

This is a chat-room format compatible with almost all computer javascript programs except the very newest java hybrids. There is a link to download viable javascript if you have problems viewing the site.

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