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    Quote Originally Posted by mlcarson View Post
    I'd also suggest checking on www.familysearch.org and maybe doing your family tree on it unless you want to have a perpetual ancestry.com membership.
    Ancestry memberships can be curiously addictive.
    I have asked a number of people why they consider buying the occasional certificate too expensive when it would provide them with exactly the critical information they need.
    They are addicted to Ancestry membership which is very expensive here. So feel they don't have the funds for a few certificates.
    And yet Ancestry access is free at their local library.

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    Quote Originally Posted by curiousII View Post
    But start entirely over? Nope, not happening. I still have my aunt's research. That's unimpeachable or I wouldn't have been accepted into the Mayflower Society.
    They were talking about the Ancestry stuff. Not throwing out your aunt's work.
    The main error people make with trees is to confuse people with similar names.
    And parent-child relationships.
    You don't need to throw out what you have done, but an audit is probably well worth while.
    I am very conservative with my own tree research.
    And a cousin who is a far better researcher even more so.
    Yet each of us has drawn incorrect conclusions about whether a person is connected or not.
    Despite making all of the obvious checks - which are all about negative research, really:
    Did the person die in early childhood? - check burials, census if available, wills.
    Was there anyone else around close in time and geography who could be confused with our person? Can we find a provable other history for that alternative person.
    All of this sort of stuff involves mapping out the family of the person we are interested in, the other possible person(s) and their family/ies.
    It's just like a murder case and finding alibis for everyone but the right one.
    As well as positive proof for our suspect.

    But not doing all of this extra stuff just leads to time, cost and effort wasted chasing wrong leads.
    And occasional embarassment telling people that you got it wrong.
    (There are epic stories of people working in the wrong direction for decades.)

    DNA has been a wonderful aid to add evidence. But it can have its own traps, so also needs to be used critically too.
    Last edited by Saetro; 04-19-2019 at 07:44 PM.

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