People have been migrating around the world much more frequently over the past century or so, as international travel has became much easier (from steamships to rail to jets). All this movement impacts many of us as we now have branches located around the globe. It also means that in many family trees, various languages are represented in those branches.
Surnames (or family names) are a meaningful inheritance bequeathed to us by our ancestors. Our family trees are a rich melting pot of family names covering diverse cultures and ethnicities.
Have you ever counted how many different surnames are on your tree? We invite you to answer the following poll:
Part of the beauty associated with family history research is that the researcher can always share findings with loved ones. Wouldn't it be a shame for that research to be lost to the generations?
Regardless of your age, I believe that we should all make some attempt to inform others about our research or, indeed, provide some guidance as to the order and direction of your general research. Speaking as head researcher for my family, I have spoken in some depth with my siblings about where my research is stored and how they can access the Sanderson MyHeritage tree.
So, now that I've given you some insight into my preparations, how do you plan to pass down your family research.
Let us know in the poll below and the comments section.
It's that time again.
Just as we've finished with the excesses of a very recent celebration, it's on to celebrate a night which represents a new start - and promise for the New Year- or at least that's what we're meant to say.
Let us know below about your plans with family for New Year's Eve. We'd also love to hear some comments from those who aren't thrilled by the holiday!
I will be the first to admit that this week’s poll wasn’t the most successful we’ve run on the blog- somehow citations didn’t elicit a particularly raucous response from the community! That said, of the 123 responses that we did receive, it was clear that views on the subject were fairly polarised.
25% of respondents deemed that if a source isn’t cited, it doesn’t constitute research. The largest group of respondents (38%) agreed that “most” of their sources were cited. Surprisingly, over 33% had either “tried their best” or seemingly didn’t know what a citation was.
For the ease of effort that goes into citing sources (especially with modern software tools) you can benefit from the peace of mind and the ability to share your research with professionals and others. I’d highly recommend starting to cite your sources from day one, however.
For many researchers, citations are more than good practice.
Ensuring that facts and resources are properly cited is an essential part of their research, providing both piece of mind and allowing for future verification.
Essentially, citations prove exactly where we have obtained a certain piece of information (such as a document, story, birth record or photo). Serious researchers believe that the fact citation process legitimises a body of research.
For others though, it can often be seen as an unnecessary step. Personally, I try my best to ensure that my facts, stories and photos are cited. Given that my tree now exceeds 700 people, it can be quite the chore! Had I begun citing earlier on in my research, then I would have saved myself a lot of time spent in tedious backtracking to document the sources.
You live and learn.
Do you cite your sources? If so, how rigorous are you? Please let us know in today's poll. Next week, we'll post the results on our blog along with some handy tips for citing sources on both Family Tree Builder and Family Sites.
As an introduction to an article we will be publishing about storing and archiving documents on a budget; we thought we would ask the MyHeritage community about the lengths they go to in securing their own pieces of history.
Please let us know by voting below, or leaving a comment.
Family disagreements are a fact of life.
Research has shown that families who occasionally have disagreements (and then resolve them amicably) are far more likely to have a transparent and, therefore, more relaxing home life.
Every family has their own method of dealing with these situations. Please vote below on your family's preference (all votes are anonymous):
It’s not often that we receive over 2,000 responses to a single poll on the MyHeritage blog, but it seems that this week’s poll has generated wide interest throughout our community.
Here are the results:
As for the results: On first glance there isn't a runaway favourite across the whole survey which - given the diversity of occupations across the genealogy community (including professional genealogists) - isn't particularly surprising.
More interesting, perhaps, is that the two most popular responses were: "Whenever the mood takes me" and "One to five hours per week." Individuals in both of these categories made up 60% of respondents. It seems that an unregimented research schedule is popular.
We all have various ways of organising our time when it comes family history research. Whether you're an amateur, or indeed a professional genealogist, it's often easy to be consumed by one or two 'branches' of your family story.
The aim of this week's poll is to discover just how engrossed we are in our research on a weekly basis. Let the voting commence...