16 December 2020

Unreliable Sources

I've been a member of Ancestry .com for years. It's a great source of information, via the many collections of records that have been digitized and made available for online reasearch.

However, not all records are equally good. As discussed previously, errors often creep into official records. Particularly faulty, it seems, are unofficial records. Ancestry allows users to upload their own family trees and share them with other members. Unfortunately, these trees are often filled with misinformation, lies, and fantasies. I limit my use of these trees to the records that are sourced, and then I check the source myself. Without a source, it seems that many of the people creating these trees are just inventing things.


No comments:

Post a Comment

PLEASE! If your comment or question is not directly related to this post, send it to me as email (see email link in the right-hand column of the blog). I can give it a separate post so people can find it in its own right.

We use comment moderation to prevent spam. This means your comment will not appear until it has been approved by an administrator. Unfortunately automated spammers have also forced us to add a verification scheme that makes just a little harder to post comments. We appreciate your patience.

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.