Rules of Genealogy - What? There are rules????
There are truths, myths and inaccurate items on the internet about Genealogy, or Family History.
There are truths and myths about Genealogy. Old timey' genealogists are rolling over in their graves and the ones still alive are a little miffed at how easy it is to do this work now. But is it really that easy? If you are a CLICKER.....YES, it's easy, but not always accurate. So before you start clickin' make sure you have checked and double checked your sources and that each document you find supports another one.
This means, for example, if you are finding a birth certificate and a death certificate and then you find a census for that person and for some reason there she is on the census, then is the death certificate valid? Hmmm. When you check the census from the years before, do all the kids names and ages line up? So then you would not click on the death certificate to add it to your file, because you just proved with the census that she is still living 5 years later.
Sample Death Certificate
One truth is that back in the 70s, it took a very long time to corroborate data. Everything was by snail mail and sometimes it took 3 weeks to get a microfiche film to you and it wasn't correct so you had to send it back and start over. It was also very expensive which deterred a lot of people. Birth Certificates cost upwards of 25.00 each, as well as Marriage Certificates or Death Certificates.
Now, it's as easy as clicking the "ENTER" key - - - or IS it?
Myth #1 Everything you read on the internet is true. Not. Apparently there are people who wrote their genealogy in a slanted light....without the horse thieves and skeletons in the closet.
Myth #3 All Certificates have the correct names on them. Wow. When you die, make sure the person who really knows you fills out the death certificate. Sometimes people guessed at names, ages, and spelling....oh, and birth dates. So if 80% of the document is correct, you may be looking at a good document.
I hope you enjoy this - thanks to gotgenealogy.com - great little document here!