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Massachusetts Sourcing Errors

Massachusetts Sourcing Errors

Americas First Families (View posts)
Posted: 1087326216000
Classification: Query
Hello Everyone;

As most of you are aware the question of genealogical frauds and
hoaxes must be of concern to genealogists and researchers since
so much information out there is very questionable.

We have several pages on our web sites that will be of great help
to you in understanding what the problems are.

We have updated one of the pages in our Fraudulent Lineages area.
The page in question is titled;


Many of you are quite aware of some of some of the ways frauds and
hoaxes are committed and you may need to review your lines to see if
possibly they may contain some of the situations we cover.

The URL for this page is;

For those of you who are AOL members you may have trouble connecting to
many pages that may come up with a message such as "Page Does Not Exist"
and you can cure that by using your browser feature of Copy and Paste the URL
to your browser and then enter from there.

There are many other pages listed within this section and all may be viewed
freely by everyone.

The very best to you and yours.

Harold Oliver
America's First Families

Re: Massachusetts Sourcing Errors

Posted: 1333027983000
Classification: Query
Hello, Mr Oliver:

Your message is as relavent today as it was when you first posted it. I hope people take it to heart.

So many times you see the IGI cited as a source. Whenever I point out on mailing lists the folly of doing so, a person or two gets very miffed that I would question the LDS Church. Those folks who utilize that "information" never take a moment to read the source info caveat that's provided with each search result. [The primary sources that the Church is currently transcribing are a different kettle of ancestors. There, the concern is transcription accuracy.]

The same applies to some "sources". Mixed in with the primary source collections, there are a number that are based on data compiled from free websites, and similar places, unwittingly uploaded by regular family historians wanting to altruistically share with others. the freely shared data was then repackaged and sold to subscribers as unsourced "collections". Ancestry at least will tell members that in the source description of each "collection", but again, many people don't take the time to read the caveats.

It's disheartening when a family historian uses another online family tree or an anonymous GED file obtained from who-knows-where as their source. It's even more laughable when two online family trees use EACH OTHER as the cited source - talk about a dog chasing its own tail!

To help mitigate these errors, even when primary sources are unknown to us, journals can really help. It's suprizing to me when other family historians have no knowledge of how to use scholarly journals in their research. I think the majority of people don't know that through them, they can find peer-reviewed articles on new, well-documented research and also researched updates to previously published family genealogies. Few people know about using PERSI (Periodical Source Index), available on HeritageQuest, to find relevant articles. Or of those who do know, few realize how outdated the version is that's on

So, thank you and keep up your efforts. Your information remains extremely valuable to researchers who want to get it right or at least as close as is possible.
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