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Re: Remember When Genealogy ...
Posted by: Sherry Marshall (ID *****0267) Date: February 14, 2009 at 04:36:29
In Reply to: Re: Remember When Genealogy ... by Bobby Bryan of 4315

Dear Bob,

Very nice web site. I agree with much of what you say.

Sadly much of the information and trees have no source or contact person. It should only be used as a clue to further research.

I have learned that I don't believe anything without examining the primary source document. I realize many people do not feel that way.

I guess I feel strongly because of the years I volunteered verifying papers for hereditary societies and working on 'problem lines.' "Moan and lament?" Try telling a member their line is closed. Yes, I stopped 'helping' because I realized I was not helping.

I also taught college programming courses for decades.The code has to compile and produce the correct result. There is no in between.

I was also kept on the 'straight and narrow' by excellent professional and amateur genealogists.

I am certain if I started researching after 2000 I would be making all kinds of mistakes. It is just so easy to make mistakes without experience. It is better to be a poor family researcher than a poor brain surgeon.

Cheers! Sherry

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