There’s a lot to learn in the field of family history and genealogy, a lot. And technology has and is changing practices, standards, everything at lightning fast speed. (2016) Three things I keep in mind:

  1. there’s no standard, for anything except the 1996 GEDcom
  2. language and vocabulary are sometimes puffed up and pretentious requiring definitions.
  3. family history has only recently been available via the internet, this is for everyone, large sums of money and time not required.

(2017) And another: of all the facts I collect gender and race are the least useful, providing the least actual information, insight, or life story threads, unless in social contexts. Example: Women in 1900 couldn’t vote, not because of an actual,  given physical or mental quality but because society accepted this.

(2018) Another: There is a certain huge advantage included in researching white  European ancestors in early America. I am extraordinarily lucky that so much was recorded in vital records and family history books.

Helpful citation idea: At Evidence Explained Elizabeth Shown Mills’s website, Mills compares citations to road maps. Citations help us get back to the source. Citations provide specific directions. Specific doesn’t mean complex. There are a million genealogy rules for citing sources with only one that is 100%: be clear.


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