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Re: Remember When Genealogy ...
Posted by: Sherry Marshall (ID *****0267) Date: February 15, 2009 at 05:44:22
In Reply to: Re: Remember When Genealogy ... by Dee of 4315

Dear Dee,

No, I am afraid LDS and World Trees, etc. are not going to change.

I am just hoping to warn some people before they submit. I was warned.

The problem is two fold:

When you are a new researcher, you are inexperienced.

1) You should not believe undocumented data.

2) You certainly should not submit your early research with other undocumented data.

The issue as we have discussed that it is almost impossible to get this information corrected. I knew how excited I was when I first started researching. The people I personally know who submitted lots of information were in the vulnerable, very excited, but not knowledgeable phase. Were they bad people? Absolutely not.

Today's technology makes it very easy to submit and no one is 'checking out' your research.

There is a lot of new primary source genealogical data on the web. Unfortunately for me, there is nothing on my few blocked lines (European)and an over kill on the lines I have already done. Do I really need 200 newspaper articles on one person?

I hope to someday unblock some lines but for the most part I have stopped active researching. I try not to look at IGI/Ancestry File and undocumented trees. It is just too upsetting.

I really enjoyed my genealogical research. I went from knowing nothing to being very good in some areas.

I have gone through lots of hobbies and most slow down after a while: sewing, horticulture, Chess, tennis, museum docent, charity organizer, aerobics, Bridge, computers (also avocation), graduate studies, genealogy, reading, traveling, dog training ... It is a natural process and we have to look at the bright side.

I have been telling my husband, "I need a new hobby."



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