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.
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...
Today's poll is about the things we treasure and are entrusted with by our ancestors.
Family heirlooms hold important values for all of us, whether it is a box of old black-and-white photographs or a priceless dinner service. We recognise the value of these possessions in preserving our individual family histories.
Let us know about your family's current heirloom status:
This week's poll asks how long you've been doing this hobby for. Are you a relative newcomer, or a seasoned veteran of the genealogy world? Let us know below.
Some of us have ancestors only from nearby, and others have family roots further afield. How many continents does your tree encompass?