Genealogy: Expanding the family tree

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  • bobosmom small town, Nebraska
    Sept. 20, 2011 3:01 p.m.

    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.

  • BobP Port Alice, B.C.
    Sept. 20, 2011 1:15 p.m.

    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 minor aristocracy.

  • no fit in SG St.George, Utah
    Sept. 20, 2011 12:26 p.m.

    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.

  • Minermom Cedar Hills, UT
    Sept. 20, 2011 11:47 a.m.

    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 it."

  • Third try screen name Mapleton, UT
    Sept. 20, 2011 8:33 a.m.

    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.