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From: "Kim Stankiewicz" <>
Subject: Re: [TGF] Previously Researched Ancestories
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2008 11:59:23 -0500
Absolutely not would I leave alone a genealogy that has already been
done! I feel very strongly about this. There could be errors or as you
said, new records may have appeared from a dusty attic....
In fact I have a line that has already been done. I have not touched it
yet as I am working on my other lines that haven't been done by anyone.
But once I finish (but who is really ever finished with a family line?
LOL) or I should say when I get to a good stopping point, I plan to
verify all that I was given on this other line. Who is to say that
everything has been found and that everything is correct? Everyone has
different styles and ideas on where to get information. I may come up
with something very interesting and new. But even if I do come to the
exact same conclusions as the previous genealogist, I will feel "closer"
to this line and become familiar with all of these ancestors. In my
opinion, it would not be a waste of time.
Just my two cents....
[mailto:] On Behalf
Of Melissa Barker
Sent: Thursday, August 28, 2008 11:01 AM
Subject: [TGF] Previously Researched Ancestories
Everyone must be at a conference or something because the list is
I thought I would ask about something that I have been mulling around in
my brain for the past couple of days and see what you all think.
I listen to a great online podcast that is actually a radio show called
"Relatively Speaking". If any of you haven't heard of this podcast, as
far as I am concerned it is a must listen.
Here is the link: http://www.ksl.com/?sid=640045
You will see the downloadable podcast to the right under the heading
"Audio Archive". This radio show comes on live on Sunday nights for 2
hours in the Salt Lake City, Utah region. A really great show!!
Anyway, the latest podcast on 8-24-08 the professional genealogist that
is a staple on the program, Mary H. Slawson, was talking about Wyoming
genealogy records. She likes to take a state and talk about what is
available, which is very nice.
She made the comment that if your ancestors line has already been
researched and the lineage is available already, to not bother with
doing it again.
I found that statement to be a little unnerving. I have a couple of
lines in my ancestry that have been very well researched and books
written about them as well, however, whose to say that I might not be
able to find something new? Or since these ancestry's were completed,
new records have been unearthed in an old attic or something? Or the
research that was completed has errors in them that you wouldn't know
until you actually did the research yourself?
I would think that the better comment Mary H. Slawson should have made
on this issue would be to take what is already out there and see if you
can add anything to it or find documentation to correct any errors.
What would you do, what have you done, with a family line that has
already been researched and seemingly is complete? Do you take it as it
is or do you do your own research even if it means that you could come
to the same conclusions?
Looking forward to hearing your opinions!
Sincerely,Melissa BarkerGenealogist for Tennessee and
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