Remember the old slogans used in the past to start a movement? Remember "Feed The World" or "Yes, We Can"? Perhaps, now is the time to start changing the world of genealogy in how items are placed online.
Recently, I wrote about finding a new cousin only to see his family tree was what I had worked on with other cousins. If you missed it, read it at http://genitalesga.blogspot.com/2012/08/thankful-thursday-seek-and-ye-shall.html .
Have you ever wanted to reach out and strangle all the family seekers who just clone the information they see online? I know I have. I've been known to email folks who have taken my information or my writings and asked them to please, pretty please source their information. Some have taken the hint and others have just ignored my pleas.
Many sites online do say they haven't documented the information found.
To me, that is like buying a house or car unseen. How many people
willingly do that?
In writing the post on Seek and Ye Shall Find, Maybe, I was pleased to see the comments sent on this subject. (A big thank you to those who sent them.) One of the comments from Katherine suggested Ancestry and those other sites ask for sources.
I love the idea, but I'm not sure how it could work or if they are really interested in documentation. It would be a big project for all family researchers to source the information. Perhaps, there could be a separate tier for those genealogy buffs who are true researchers and document their information. Maybe something like Family Trees Plus or Sourced Trees. It shouldn't be too difficult to program a section for documentation or sources, especially for the old pictures.
Perhaps, we should start a ground movement to those sites who have genealogy information, like Ancestry or Find a Grave, to create a separate tier. Thoughts, anyone?
Ahh, genealogy. As for me, I will look at the information placed online by others, but will only include it in my information if it has been sourced. Or better yet, only if I can trace their sources. Just call it being curious, or is it the scientist in me?
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