The REAL Truth about Genealogy...

Thought you knew what genealogy means? Well forget the dictionary definition, let me reveal the real truth behind what the word GENEALOGY means. G – is for ‘gee that’s a great story’, which is the exact five words that get you started on your crazy trip into genealogy, and before long your are totally hooked, and can’t stop even if you tried. E – is for taking every opportunity.  Once you’ve got the bug, you will (and I do mean WILL) take every opportunity to look online, or detour when visiting a cousin or friend, just so you can checkout the cemetery of your great grandaunt to get a pic of her grave. But don’t forget the classic whipping out the pad (actually it’s more likely to be a mobile device these days) with questions at your next family gathering, you know the usual “How many kids do they have now?, Do you happen to know their names and birthdates? Didn’t he remarry again?, and Do you know if anyone in the family has photos of grandpa in the war?”. N – is for new resources. Sure you’ve looked at every possible website there is looking for records relating to your 3x great grandpa, but that was 6 months ago. And in the genealogy world that is a long time. A lot happens in 6 months, with millions of new records being added online monthly, it is always worth rechecking. E – is for email. It pays to remember that while there is undoubtedly an enormous amount of records online, there is still a massive amount that isn’t. So it pays to send an email to the Genealogy Group or Historical Society in the area when your research is,...

Ten, Eleven, Twelve Commandments of Genealogy...

As I was packing my bags, getting ready for the Queensland Expo next week, I picked up my all-time fav genealogy book “The Zen of Genealogy” and wondered if I’d have another read of it on the flight up. In short the answer was yes … so it’s going in the suitcase. After a flick through it again, I rediscovered the list of Ten, Eleven, make that Twelve Commandments of Genealogy liste, and decided I wanted to share them with you. I have not copied the descriptive paragraphs that each of these have under them, but rather if you want more, you should grab yourself a copy of the book. 1. Thou shalt start with thyself and worketh thy way backwards. 2. Thou shalt never leap back a couple of generations just because it sound-eth like fun. 3. Thou shalt take a class, yea verily, and thus shalt thou learn from experts. 4. Join-eth thine local genealogical society, go-eth to meetings and ask-eth questions of the nice people there. 5. Thou shalt keep a research log. 6. Thou shalt cite thy sources or blush in everlasting chagrin. 7. Thou shalt not accept any information uncritically just because you find it in books or on the Internet. 8. Thou shalt regard all family legends with the same skepticism as in the Seventh Commandment. 9. Thou shalt respect the privacy of all living persons, and publish nothing concerning others without their permission. 10. Thou shalt treat research facilities, materials and tools with care, knowing that thousands of future researchers will need to use these very same facilities, materials and tools after you, and one them might be me. 11. Thou shalt bookmark the following web site www.cyndislist.com 12. Be nice to...