ngairedith has been a Family Tree Circles member since Feb 2008.
WRONG!!!!!!! Thankyou ngairedith. A very informative and interesting journal.
Thanks for posting this ngairedith. I've been hoping for things like this to be written.
I turned it into an "article" which besides changing its color, makes it appear on the "articles" page where it is easier to find.
Ngaredith and Scott J: I am asking permission to print out the page(in total)to add to the front of my binder as an introductory page to my hobby. It will help to explain to others that come after me that family "trees" are not just diagrams on a sheet of paper. Thank you for consideration. Lindsidelass in WV, USA
of course you can, help yourself :)
"so, if they could do their family trees back long before pen and paper, before postal service and telephones then for us it is a breeze with our computers and all our software ... right ??"
Stick with the pen and paper for your records and use the pc and internet just as a research tool is my advice. I find it becomes too time consuming to get things out from online sources and then keep pluggin them into another database on ur hard drive, you end up spending all your time fiddling with a multitude of different settings and functions on your software and not doing actual research, much easier to just handwrite what you find and develop your own shorthand for common record types to save even more time. Also putting the wrong info in the wrong place in ur computerised database can lead to allsorts of mistakes and confusions, as can your software making incorrect assumptions or handling some types of info wrongly, wheras if everything is noted clearly and in order on paper all you have to do is refer back to your notes and follow through your original workings and thought processes again to find out where any confusion came about.
One other thing is that at some point your pc will crash or ur hard drive fail or ur genealogy software will become outmoded enough to stop working (either entirely or at least correctly) which means that your entire research could become lost if you don't keep handwritten records.
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