01 April 2011
So You Call Yourself a Genealogist? Really...???
As a general rule 100 year old women don't give birth. Seriously, when was the last time you actually knew of a woman that old giving birth? Let me explain.
Everytime I go digging around on Ancestry trees I find stuff like this. It's actually very irritating when you are digging for some clues on your own family tree, you find some names that match. You click and go for a visit. When you get there you find wrong info, things like parents who birth babies at 100+ years, children born before parents, all sorts of stupid (and I do mean really stupid) stuff that never should have made it up there.
So you take the time & drop a line - a friendly line, provide some documentation and send it off. You get a response, "oh yeah, I must have missed that"... thinking maybe it would be corrected. NOT!
Next time you go digging there are now 10 others who now have posted this ignorant information on their family trees. HELLO? Doesn't anyone read any more? Don't you pay attention or do you just CLICK & CLAIM to fill those family group sheets? Don't you ever update your tree when corrections are offered? Is anyone out there actually paying attention? Are you actually researching and finding real material? There is so much ACTUAL scanned documentation available online that just Clicking & claiming is plain stupid. No other way to say it.
Want me to take you seriously as a genealogist? Then fix it when someone draws your attention to the errors, communicate and most of all DOCUMENT before posting!
I'm just saying...