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From: "Kirsten Bowman" <>
Subject: Re: [APG] Incorrect Online Information
Date: Sun, 28 Sep 2008 22:08:22 -0700
In-Reply-To: <BAY129-DS7F5B4C23D12E4AE6E14DBA5410@phx.gbl>


I think it's impossible to straighten out the family history tangles on the
Internet in a single lifetime. Two things you can do, though, are these:
(1) Post your own information online with thorough source notes and, (2)
when you see trees with messages inviting corrections, write to the owners
and offer your evidence (delicately). Some people will welcome your
corrections, others will ignore them. It can take years (literally) for
your efforts to have an effect, but eventually you'll begin to see results.


-----Original Message-----
From: [mailto:]On
Behalf Of Jennifer Schofield
Sent: Sunday, September 28, 2008 4:37 AM
Subject: [APG] Incorrect Online Information


I combine online research with traditional(?) research in finding out my
family history/genealogy. I don't add anything to my main information
without seeing the sources. I'm always coming across people's
websites/trees with information that I know is incorrect, because I have the
census records, death certificates, etc. to prove otherwise. How do I
politely tell them what they have is incorrect without offending them? Or
should I point it out at all? I think I should because I know if I had some
wrong information I would be glad for someone to let me know.

I also wanted to ask what computer programs professional genealogists like
to use. I started with Family Tree Maker, but it wouldn't do what I wanted.
About a year ago, a friend told me about "The Master Genealogist" program.
It's complicated, but I think it's a more serious program.

Thank you,

Jennifer Schofield

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

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