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The #1 Thing You Need to Know Before Starting an Online Family Tree

Did you know about this?

So many people are signing up for online family trees because of their DNA tests, and I think that's awesome! The wonderful thing about having an online family tree is that it is available anywhere you log in with internet access. Also, there are a ton of records! (Probably WAY more than a ton, let's be real!)

When I began my online tree I didn't realize I would be able to see records that other people gathered!

That's both a blessing and a curse. Yeah, I said it... but why is that?

I'm so glad you asked!

It's a blessing to see records gathered by others so you can see how they draw the conclusions on the relationships in their tree. It may further your research or even lead you to a break through...

Or perhaps not! Some online trees allow you to type up anything and pass it off as "truth". I call those "entries" not sources.

I do not encourage accepting other people's "entries" as truth without substantiation. You need to do a full evaluation before working them into your own family tree. I know the last thing you want to do is pass along the wrong information, right? So check, check, check everything first and make sure what you have is reliable.

Start with a few simple questions...

1. Where did this record come from?

2. Is that a reliable source?

3. Do the facts in the record make sense with what I've already seen?

These are just a FEW of the questions you should ask when looking to add ANY source to your online family tree, but particularly work done by others.

So now you know the #1 you need to know before starting an online family tree. Now get out there and rock your best work!


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