Published: Monday, Sept. 19 2011 6:00 p.m. MDT
The problem with genealogy is not access or even data. The problem is
reliability. Under New Family Search it becomes obvious that everyone and his
dog has tinkered with it.I regularly see 10-20 possible duplicates for
just about every name going back six generations. The duplicates taper off
after that, but persist for "famous" lines.It was inevitable
when the goal was names for ordinances rather than accuracy. At some point we
will wake up to the shear inefficiency of it all.
I agree, Third try. I love genealogy but I think New Family Search makes it more
difficult and less accurate. One of the objectives was to encourage
collaboration. Try telling your elderly second-cousin-once-removed that she
needs better sources for her information than just "feeling good about
Numerous family written obits of days gone by, are full of flowery words, but,
many times, untruths and the wrong facts.Those writing the obits wanted
the deceased individual to seem important, and be well thought of by those left
behind. Apparently, the thought of family research in the future never crossed
many of their minds.
I made some interesting discoveries. I was born 6 months after my parents were
married.And, my wife and I a second cousins.I also have
a couple of Danish lines back to the early 1600's. I got luck and run into some
One common site said I died a year after I was born and that my dad died the
same year. It also has my 2 sisters dying the same year. We are all still around
except for Dad who died in 1996. I have found some interesting information
through relatives that are still living and it is so interesting to find out
what the person was like instead of just the birthdays etc and so forth. When I
go to one site and give it the information that I know of it tells me there are
a possible 4000 and the names arent even close to the one that I typed in.
Fortunately, the line I am working on right now still has a live relative left
so I can gain information from her. And than there are those relatives I cant
find anything on.
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