When embarking on researching your family tree,
especially if you own a computer, you may be forgiven for assuming that
you can complete the task, without ever leaving your desk. Let's get
that fallacy out of the way straight away.
Yes, you can glean lots of information from the
Internet. However, much of the information found on your computer, whilst
browsing the multitude of sites devoted to genealogy, needs to be
checked against official records to make sure that it is correct.
There is absolutely no way that you want to get
thousands of records in your family tree program, or your master log,
without double checking.
Also, you will never be one hundred percent sure, that
all your records are perfect. this is though, what you should strive
Just take for example the 1901 census. There are many
mistakes in the translation of this census. It will take several more
years to correct this. I understand that for economic reasons, much of
the 1901 census work was undertaken outside the UK. This is fine, except
that much of the British population, at the time of the 1901 census,
could not read or write with any great proficiency. Therefore,
would it not have been better to have the work done by those who speak
English as their first language.
I digress. But you can see why it's so important to
check your findings with official records.
That said, the many and varied sites on the Internet are
still worth researching, as they contain a vast amount of information.
Use this information as your basis, so you have an idea of where to go
to check the official records.
Elsewhere on this site you will find many links to sites
that will help with your research. One of the main sites you need to
look at is the site of 'The Church Of Jesus Christ Of The Latter Day
Saints.' The LDS, have the
worlds largest collection of records, for
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