Week 43: Memorable Genealogy Moment. Think back to when you first started researching your family history. Is there a memorable early genealogy moment that stands out in your mind? Describe this event or discovery and how it impacted your research going forward.
Seeing is it wasn’t all that long ago, this should be easy huh? Thing is, it has been such a whirlwind of experiences that, to be honest, it is all really blurring together. I feel your heart breaking for my dilemma. So I thought, and thought, and then the one lasting lesson hit me. The one I learned in my first few weeks.
The biggest discovery, that impacted all future research, was when I realized that not all trees online we were well researched. To be honest, I was really naive enough to figure that if someone published it they actually went through the effort of verifying it. Even if they had to go back and admit they were wrong, there was some sort of logical chain of events that brought them to the conclusions they published.
This is one of the reasons that I made my Ancestry tree private. Really, I use it more as a sounding board and put all my leads, ideas, clues, etc. there. Yeah, I know, I could have multiple trees on my computer; a working tree and a published tree. However, I know myself well enough to know that right now there was no way I could keep 2 trees going. Even if it meant I wouldn’t be fed to a tank of piranhas it would be one of those things that would drive me crazy. Still learning here folks, learning quickly, but still behind the curve on a few things. Adding one more to-do on my list would make my mind explode.
That is why I love that people contact me when they want to know stuff from Ancestry. Those who are interested will take the time to ask. If you find an ancestor on it and want to correspond I am more than happy to do so. I didn’t want people to just blindly copy and paste (like I had seen on so many repeating misinformation and errors) without talking to me. Tell me which ancestor you want to know about and I will give it to you, with all my caveats laid out for you to peruse as well.
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