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In this episode:
- News from the Blogosphere
- Top Tips: Myth-Takes
- 101 Best Websites: Correcting Misinformation on Ancestry.com
- Family Tree University: Treat Errors in Your Research
- Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan
Editor-in-Chief Diane Haddad shares her recent blog post called Confessing a Genealogy Mistake.
Read all of Diane’s blog posts on the Genealogy Insider blog.
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.
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.