Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Patient genealogists #1

From here to eternity: Internet research for patient genealogists

Years ago when Ol' Myrt here first developed this presentation, patience was called into play because of the lengthy time it took for a web page to load. Online genealogists could knit sweaters and queen-sized afghans for most of our nation’s elderly while waiting to view some of those early web pages, particularly those with many graphics. Now, an increasing number of family historians have cable service packages that include high-speed internet connections. To quote the big, bad wolf of Red Riding Hood fame “All the better to see things with, my dear.”

In 2007, the notion of patience should infer that online genealogists must not expect a well documented 20-generation pedigree chart on that remote family line to be available in a mouse-click or two. Why? Because there are wolves in sheep’s clothing out there on the net.

Patient Genealogists Don’t jump to hasty conclusions
To deftly walk the fine line between family lore and concrete evidence about ancestors, we must consider the source. For this Myrt refers her blog readers and podcast listeners to the recent works of Elizabeth Shown Mills, available online through her publisher:
  • Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace. ISBN: 9780806317816
  • QuickSheet: Citing Online Historical Resources Evidence! Style. ISBN: 9780806317762
  • Evidence! Citation & Analysis for the Family Historian. ISBN: 9780806315430

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
Your friend in genealogy.

(c) 2007 Pat Richley All Rights Reserved.

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