Friday, February 26, 2010

Who's Hanging From Your (Family) Tree?

Life From Roots with Barbara Poole

One of the favorite workshops I give is “Who's Hanging From Your (Family) Tree?” This presentation covers how people sneak on to our genealogical family charts, how we waste valuable time researching the wrong David Morris, and how one incorrect posting becomes an erroneous fact for many. In this workshop we allow the evidence to “not work for us” but “work for the truth.”

Barbara Poole, author of Life From the Roots gives us an excellent example of bad data proliferation in her blog Feb. 6, 2010 entry of Surname Saturday – Gates. Barbara was one of the lucky ones, she kept reading and researching, and was able to uncover the truth.

In her Life From the Roots blog entry, Barbara shares with us sage advice on how to recover from such mistakes:
It is a wise thing to continue reading periodicals, books and any genealogy articles pertaining to the surnames you have. There are so many researchers and, just because somebody says it is so, it may not be.” 
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  1. Kathleen,
    Thank you so much for mentioning this post. It is a wonderful feeling knowing somebody is reading and appreciating what I am writing and then doing a Follow Friday. Again, thank you.

  2. Thanks Dr. Bill and Barbara for stopping by. I just caught a terrible spelling (grammar) error and corrected it. Please, if you all note dingy errors on my site, please point them out to me. Whose vs Who's? Plus the title of the lecture is Who's. Anyway...all corrected, and hope it didn't take away from the info.