Monday, January 13, 2014

Common Genealogy Mistakes #1

I would like to invite EVERYONE out there to join me in correcting some of the common mistakes many of us make!

I have a white board to the left of my desk, and on it I have a list of things to devote 15 minutes a day to to improve my personal genealogy.

This one is one that I am sure many people are guilty of!

Not recording source citation information on the FRONT of a digitial/photocopied document/photo.

Worse, of course, is no source citation information at all. For the most part I have source information on all my documents but if the digital copies were to be separated from my genealogy program Legacy Family Tree, or someone was to copy only the front side of my paper copies, some future researcher would have no clue what exactly was copied.


This goes for labeling all those photos of your parents/grandparents/kids etc. DO NOT write on the front of the actual photo. There are plenty of websites with instructions on how to safely label the actual photos, but for today I am focusing on digital images.

I have thousands (maybe even tens of thousands!) of digital images, that I know are not correctly labeled!