Rooting Out Research Mistakes: Family Tree Magazine Podcast Episode 85

By Family Tree Editors

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In this episode:

Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke

Lisa’s newest book is available at Family Tree Shop: Turn Your iPad into a Genealogy Powerhouse.

News from the Blogosphere with Genealogy Insider Diane Haddad

Diane Haddad


Editor-in-Chief Diane Haddad shares her recent blog post called Confessing a Genealogy Mistake.

Top Tips: Myth-Takes


Would it surprise you to know that many of those often-repeated assumptions about the past are simply not true? The problem is that “myth-takes” like these about days gone by can affect the way you pursue your family history, ultimately becoming roadblocks to finding your ancestors and understanding their lives. To help us prevent this from happening, Diane Haddad sheds some light on common genealogy myths found in the new article by Nick D’Alto called “Genealogy Mythbusters,” which appears in the July/August 2015 issue of Family Tree Magazine.




101 Best Websites: Correcting Misinformation on

When inaccurate information is posted on an Ancestry Family Tree or a transcription of a genealogical record, it has the potential of tainting the research of future genealogists. In this episode, Nancy Hendrickson, author of The Unofficial Guide to walks you through how to submit corrections to to help prevent this from happening.

Family Tree University: Treat Errors in Your Research


Contributing Editor Sunny Morton walks us through her process for not-quite starting over, as excerpted from her video class 12 Ways to Diagnose (and Treat) Errors in Your Research: “First, review and rethink what you’ve already learned—go back to those original sources to see what you’ve missed.” Sunny shares four strategies for tracking down original records and searching deeper for additional records about a single event. She then describes how to organize and regroup what you’ve found with tools like timelines and maps, and renew your search with fresh eyes, energy and questions.

  •  Always seek the original record, and then evaluate the information that potentially identifies it as your ancestor’s record.
  • Look for multiple records about the same event, and pay attention to the little alarms that go off in your head when records don’t match up.


From the Publisher’s Desk

Allison Dolan

In this episode, Publisher Allison Dolan shares ideas for resolving conflicting data and analyzing evidence from the book The Family Tree Problem Solver.
Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and Genealogy: Family History Made Easy podcasts on iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos.