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What I stumbled upon on the trail of a dead relative…

I was searching through Ancestry.com for an early relative and stumbled upon a link to this website…

…a site maintained by the National Park Service. After you get on this free information site, you can search for a relative that you know, or suspect, was in the Civil War to see their service record and even their cemetery site. Free info, in a world where documents and searches can be costly is a great thing.

Lesson learned: It pays to look more closely at some of your search info. The James Purdy noted on the research page is not the relative that I was looking for, but I clicked on the research page just for the heck of it, wondering if what I found was a relative of the original relative (it was not). When I read the source information, I saw a link to the park service page. In the future, I’ll look more closely at my sources.

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Posted by on August 18, 2011 in research, sources

 

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My oh my, repetition, repetition

So, I was spending hours searching through Ancestry.com and importing data from other family trees and historical records. Later, much to my horror, when looking up a person on my tree I found him in there twice! When I looked further, I found more than one person was in there twice. It seems that many of the family trees I had used as source material had the repetitions as well. Fortunately the damage was minimal and I was able to delete the repetitions on my Ancestry.com tree without disrupting the verified material I had there.

Lesson learned: watch out for repetitious information.

Then I got an email from Ancestry with possible matches for my tree. I clicked the link to check all and was presented with 7 pages of names with hints. Most of these were more distant branches of the tree that didn’t present a direct link to me. Each time I updated one, it opened other branches and more names would pop up on the list.

Another lesson learned: it isn’t necessary to put all the children of all of the relatives on tree – they only sprout more leaves.

 
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Posted by on January 12, 2011 in tools

 

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How do you decide who is right?

Okay, so I had managed to find a lot of information about some ancestors on my husband’s side, mostly through census records found on Ancestry.com and on footnote.com and a few ship manifests posted by other genealogist who seemed to share my husband’s lineage. I felt very satisfied that I had found the first of my husband’s ancestors who came over from  the Ukraine via a ship out of England. I thought this was really cool.

Then the other shoe dropped…. A relative sent what he found on the family tree. The ship manifest he found noted a slightly different name and an entirely different ship out of England. It was like the wind had been let out of my sails.

So how, exactly, do you decide what information to believe?

 
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Posted by on April 17, 2010 in conflicting information, sources

 

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