Breadcrumbs won’t do it
This morning, Ol’ Myrt’s Google Alert for “family history” provided the following note:
“Man learns more about family through a church record book
Huntington Herald Dispatch - Huntington,WV,USA
“I made copies for my personal family history collection and plan to donate a copy to the Genealogy Department of the Allen County Public Library in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.”
Of course that prompted me to think about the importance of sharing what we find with others. Since those “others” may not yet have been bitten by the genealogy bug, we need to place our genealogies in places where those “future researcher” cousins are likely to stumble across our hard work.
Hopefully, one of those “others” will be able to find Dolly Yockey’s parents, if I don’t solve the mystery in my lifetime.
PREPARING YOUR WORK
- Cite sources (there is that phrase again!)
- Link photos of ancestors
- Include a minimum of 2 proof documents linking each generation
- Link period photos and sketches of the town’s main street
- Include period maps – of the county showing the place of residence and of the country/world showing migration
- Include descriptions by noted historians of the place and time when your ancestors lived
- Photograph and describe heirlooms
- Document tombstones
- Include a written analysis of conflicting evidence, and state your conclusion.
So where does Ol’ Myrt recommend placing copies of your genealogy?
ONLINE (There are other choices, but these are the usual & customary sites)
- FamilySearch www.FamilySearch.org (then click the “Search” tab)
- RootsWeb.com World Connect http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com
- Your family’s website, blog or genealogy wiki
- RootsWeb.com Message Boards www.RootsWeb.com ~ Make a reference including a link to the above referenced collections on message boards at RootsWeb.com. Choose the top ten or fifteen surnames. Include descriptive paragraphs then Copy/paste the link where you’ve uploaded the info to FamilySearch, RootsWeb or your family’s website.
- The library in the town/county where your ancestors lived
- The state library where your ancestors lived
- The national library where your ancestors lived
- Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
Leaving a compiled genealogy for others to find isn’t a matter of leaving breadcrumbs (a la Hansel & Gretel) or M&Ms (a la ET). If the goal is to leave our compiled family histories where other researchers will find them, then let’s place them in main-stream, well-regarded genealogy collections both on and off the net.
Happy family tree climbing!
Your friend in genealogy.
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