14    Jan 20132 comments

Family History: Have a mentor?

Do you have a genealogy mentor? Someone you can turn to and have your questions answered? Someone who can guide you through the problems and pitfalls or help you break through brick walls?

The genealogy community worldwide has always been very helpful to newcomers.

Someone once asked me why genealogists were so friendly. My answer was that we never know if the next person to ask a question might hold the “missing link” to our own research!

We are also reminded of the concept of paying forward help we ourselves received in the past. As we are helped, so we attempt to help others.

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20    Oct 20111 comment

Poll: Do you cite your sources?

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.


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