• Does the site reference original documents? What are its sources? A database compiled from original documents may be more reliable than one compiled from another database or a book. But even those compiled from original records can have transcription problems. It’s best to check the original document yourself.
• Does the site link to digital images of original documents, so you can view them?
• When you look at the original document, do you agree with the transcriber’s version? Or do you find a lot of transcription errors?
• Have genealogy publications reviewed the site? What did the reviewers note were the strengths and weaknesses of the information?
From the October 2004 Family Tree Magazine