“Genealogist should not trust everything they
find on the internet”
Sorry folks, I couldn’t stand the temptation.
Recently I commented on a highly questionable statement on an internet forum where I participate . I was told to prove that the statement I questioned wasn’t true. I didn’t reply to this as I understood that this person wasn’t in the “reasoning business”. This is topsy-turvy research. We should always be able to prove that the information we provide is true, and not tell others to disprove it.
Searching many genealogical databases on the internet, we find several errors and a lot of information with no sources attached. We all make mistakes, but some should have been caught by the “editor”. E.g. children born several years after their parents died, women having children in their 60’s and many more.
This makes me think that we (that includes me!) are not always as cautious as we should be when we share information. I am planning to look into the evaluation and citing of sources. I like to think that I have applied proper standards on this, but I am sure I can get better at, and more conscious about it.
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The fine-looking gentleman whose picture accompany this posting is neither Abraham Lincolm nor Abraham Lincoln. It is my G-G-Grandfather Markus Olsen Moldenæs who was born in Molde in 1833 and died in Ålesund in 1929.