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ANCESTRY RESEARCH --- DATA ON LINE

Journal by edmondsallan

Good morning everyone - This journal is about checking out any ancestry data online . I wish to mention that any research pattern /data /info - given is very difficult to say it is 100 % correct and the further you go back the more so that becomes . Although we have large / small websites givig out millions of ancestry BDM's it is accumulated by humans '.(( with the best of intentions ).People simular to ourselves . I have a family Bible ( 300 years old with other data with it as well ) most of it was documentated by family members and when I was double checking I found Many mistakes and corrected those dates. ) I don't think, that just mentioned , will ever change either in the past / now / or the future. A couple of the very large websites on ancestry online, are well reknown by researchers for their incorrect entries in this field . Unfortuneately we can't correct them for all the reasons you can think of. Just one point to show you - we would be unable to change Say " Familysearch / Ancestry etc along with their Millions of records , as well as many others . WE are all looking at the impossible to achieve .
What do we do ??? Not use them !!! nah !! Like many others I agree.. to use them as a guide and at all times keep checking them out as much as possible with our own research which is normally provided by other outsiders . If we didn't have them along with what they provide ( mistakes an all ) we at most times could not many times do our research checking . Yes it is nice to have our own proven records . As much as we personally try to Make sure they are 100 % correct we still have to rely on those old records completed by people like ourselves who have the best of intentions.It is as one member said " a Guide plate only ." I agree !!! but without the guide plates -- and passing their data on to one who is trying to find ancestry answers --- where would we be - ???? I think we have to make the best of what we can find and add our 100 % corrections and research .I hope this notation may assist any one researching their ancestry .

Till we meet gain - regards - edmondsallan

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on 2011-04-06 17:56:47

edmondsallan , from auckland .nz , has been a Family Tree Circles member since Aug 2010. is researching the following names: CLAYTON, EDMONDS.

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by lindsidelass on 2011-04-07 09:20:45

In filling out a form not long ago, I asked, "What's the date today?" I was give the date of March 13th, which I entered. I wasn't sure, that is why I asked. The date was actually the 15th. Small error, but it is there for posterity on that form. Mentioned it to a friend and the response was, "close enough". When is a date simply 'close enough'? We strive for accuracy, but... I wonder how many dates in the past were within a few days, or even a few years when filling out forms? A mother with 13 children answering a census enumerator's question as to ages on last birthday of all her children while who knows what is going on in background and she just wants this guy off her front stoop. Maybe she said John was 13 when he was actually 10, because she was distracted. That 3 year error is there forever, left for us to deal with. Errors happen, just roll with them, include all dates found in your notes (I color code multiple dates)and move on. Later on something may turn up to verify one or the other date. If not, it may be 'close enough'. Happy Hunting!

by kathleenc on 2011-04-09 18:53:26

Right...I've found records on other people's trees that have the child older than the parents, born in 3 different places, etc. I've found that you have to verify everything. Case in point, several different people had a similar ancestor on their Gedcoms, until DNA tests totally discounted this person as their ancestor. Wrong information to begin with, then everyone else follows suit.

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