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Sourcing Your Genealogy

Are you sourcing? If so, how. If not, why? What are your opinions about un-sourced genealogy?

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what do you consider Primary Sources? 21 Replies

Started by Kate Steere. Last reply by Burkely Hermann May 21, 2018.

What Kind of Source Is This? How do I Create a Citation? 9 Replies

Started by Sue McCormick. Last reply by GeneJ Nov 28, 2009.

How do you know what type of source? 9 Replies

Started by Sue McCormick. Last reply by Sue McCormick Nov 20, 2009.

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Comment by Kate Steere on August 13, 2009 at 8:48am
Hi Debra-
It sounds like you have a great system to keep track of your sources. I know I've personally saved and resaved census records I find, even though I know its on a backup disc somewhere, I'm always afraid that someday I'll forget where it is. :)

I think at some point we figure out that if we are better organized we will be more effective at finding those missing bits and pieces, and not rework those pieces we've already found. I can't wait til I can have a place where I lay out my work in its own room without fear of my children stepping on it or eating it.

I've had a database with probably 170 names become corrupted on me, and so I'm hesitant to start adding my names and dates again. I use Linux as my Operating System, so I'm a bit limited in the software I can use, but for now I'm ok with that. :)
Comment by Debra Egbert-Foster on August 13, 2009 at 8:38am
When I found something in courthouse's or libaries, I make a copy. Then I come home and make another copy of it and then scan on copy to my laptop. I put one copy in that family's file, one in their 3 ring binder,and the scan copy in my genealogy program, that way if I don't have my laptop or their binder with me. I know that I have a copy of that record. On the back of one copy, I put where I found it and the date I found it. I do the same thing with picture's. Becasuse I was getting two or three pictures of the same headstone.

If some one send me a descendants report, I put it in a 3 ring binder and write their name and the date on the top of the report. That way when I go to put the information in my program, I know who sent it to me and the date, they sent it. I learn that one the hard way.

I now put my back up file on my flash drives, that way I don't have to spend days and days putting all my information back in. I also learn this the hard way.
Comment by Kate Steere on August 13, 2009 at 7:31am
I started seriously when my inlaws came to 'visit' long story(you don't want me going there, LOL...)

I originally started when my grandmother, now almost 84, asked me to research her great grandfather, a one armed Confederate Vet from Louisiana-

then my dad saw I was doing my maternal side, so he wanted to know about his German grandmother...

then my inlaws came to visit and they wanted help with William. For 30 years they had searched, but didn't have the right first name! Oy...so I've done all of my work on the computer and at the FHL when I was able to get there.
Comment by JudithE.Davis on August 13, 2009 at 7:18am
Good morning everyone, yes I do remember the by gone days of paper and pen, I did it too. And I started out at home with one of those older computers which I can't remember what it was called now but everything looked like greek. and now times have changed and sometimesit still looks like greek to me but my son or brother help me and then we carry on..LOL But way back when I used to take my sons downtown to the Public library when they were small and we'd do Genealogy on the weekends. Now they are grown and could care less. Oh well. I love doing this and want to complete at least one side of our tree before the sun sets..I do have three of four sides done up to the 1700s but nothing is truely documented. And now I would like to tackle my daughter in laws family, it has crossed my mind some.
Comment by CaryAnn Turner Hess on August 12, 2009 at 11:55pm
When I started doing this addictive hobby, there wasn’t a thing called home computers. We did everything by hand. Writing letters to various states - birth/death/marriage/wills. Writing people in phone books with the right last name in the right location (always enclosing a SASE with a paper asking if they were related, if so how). Endless hours at the local National Archive, using Soundex to find families on the census. I know some of you remember these times. Lots of time just trying to find the right place to write.

I have hoards of paperwork, but it’s mainly storage now. In fact I just looked at my big file cabinet that houses my original work. I’ll never get rid of it, but I don’t use it much anymore. For me the computer is where I put everything, as well as flash drives, external drives, and backup disks.

If anyone tried to find a paper in my file, good luck. It wasn’t until the computer that I was able to organize everything. My cousin uses reams of paper to keep her genealogy straight. Each of us have different ways of doing the same thing, finding lost ancestors and giving them a home with others.
Comment by Debra Egbert-Foster on August 12, 2009 at 10:35pm
I remember the days, when I would count the days until school started. My daughter and 9 month old grandson lives with me. So, I do most of my research before he get's up or after he go's to bed. Because he like's to help grandma. I also have 3 ring binders and notebooks.
Comment by Kate Steere on August 12, 2009 at 9:07pm
yup, I'm counting the days til my 5 year old starts school! ;)
Comment by JudithE.Davis on August 12, 2009 at 9:07pm
Kate, I already do have a number of 3 ring binders set up as I agree it is easier to see your stuff in front of you while you work Thanks...
Comment by JudithE.Davis on August 12, 2009 at 9:05pm
yeah I'm laughing right along wit ya,sister.. My son and his family live with me and my 5yr old grdaughter loves me to death so how much do you think I get done too?? Well thank g-- for KINDERGARTEN stats the 24th!!! Maybe I'll get something accomplished this year..LOLAnd good luck to you too.
Comment by Kate Steere on August 12, 2009 at 8:43pm
hi Judith-

You might want to try putting census records in one 3 ring binder, miltary in another, etc. etc. Or do it by family. I have the family history that I was sent by a distant cousin in a 3 ring binder that is easy for me to refer to.

If you have a place where you keep photos on your computer, thats a good place to keep images of your records too. Mine are a mess, but I can find them(uhmmm, usually, LOL) Some day I will make folders on my desktop, but that will be a day when my 5 year old cleans his room and my 1 year old daughter takes a nap all at the same time...right....LOL
 

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