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From: "Christine Sweet-Hart" <>
Subject: Re: [APG] Sources Used by Professional Genealogists
Date: Fri, 22 Feb 2008 09:47:28 -0500
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I did not receive the original post that is clipped out below, but my
immediate thought is that most people cannot afford Ancestry's prices and in
some cases it may be cheaper to hire someone to do the research for them. I
know it seems hard to believe that people do not have a subscription or can
not visit their local library, but <<gasp>> some people don't want to do the
research -- they'd rather pay someone who has access to a variety of tools.
And I agree with Joan, Ancestry is another tool in the genealogist's
toolbox. It shouldn't be discounted because it has made our job easier in
some respects. Work smarter, not harder.

Christine Sweet-Hart, CG

-----Original Message-----
From: [mailto:] On Behalf
Sent: Friday, February 22, 2008 9:34 AM
Subject: [APG] Sources Used by Professional Genealogists

Philip wrote:
Some so-called genealogists are charging people for doing research and they

are just sitting at their computers using ancestry.com etc.

If I were doing work for a client, I'd use every source at my
disposal--INCLUDING (but not limited to) Ancestry.com and other Internet
resources. It
would be a disservice to my client NOT to check all available resources.

I realize I took your statement out of context above -- but I felt it
important that the resources available online (and from "cousins" -- which
you also
seemed to regard in a negative light) not be downplayed to the extent you
seem to discredit them.

If the sources you find online are census images, vital records and
records--such as WWI draft card images--you can pretty well trust them--or
at the very least know where to turn to get the original record. If you are

finding user-contributed data such as unsourced family trees or message
or mailing list posts in archives--then, of course, you would need to
or refute what you have found in the user-submitted databases -- but they
remain a starting point -- even for a professional researcher.

As one example---years ago, in doing research for a person who supplied me
with the persumed maiden name for the wife of the earliest known ancestor
she wanted traced--I was able to disprove the maiden name of the wife she
had given me all because a message board user had transcribed a will for
man who turned out to be the father of the wife in question and placed it
the RootsWeb/Ancestry board--he listed his daughter by her married name and

even the fact that she was the wife of the man I was attempting to trace
for my

This led to finding the man I was tracing in the county his wife was from
(which was a different county but same state in which the couple were later

living)--and helped me to track him to his birth location and find his
parents--ALL because of online data I found in a board search! I was able
to set
straight many years of incorrect listings of the maiden name of the wife
establish proof of the origin of this client's ancestor.

PS: The really ironic part of the above story is that the maiden name of
wife turned out to be MINK and she she was a descendant of the early New
Sweden immigrant Pal PALSSON (who took the alias MINK) from whom I also
It truly IS a small world!

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