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From: "treviawbeverly" <>
Subject: Re: [TGF] Sighting sources,web sights --- citing sources & web sites
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2011 13:52:25 -0500
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Understood. My only point is let's tell the person - nicely, of course, in
the interest of better genealogy -
or not make it a repeated public discussion.
But everyone to his own, if you think it benefits.

~ Trevia

----- Original Message -----
From: "Michael Hait" <>
To: <>
Sent: Wednesday, September 21, 2011 1:36 PM
Subject: Re: [TGF] Sighting sources,web sights --- citing sources & web

> Unfortunately, this -- at least in my opinion -- is not just a simple
> spelling error. They did not write "informatino" or something simple like
> that. No one can always be perfect, and typos are sure to slip by. But
> this
> is not even as simple as replacing "their" with "there" (another common
> mistake that all of us are occasionally guilty of). Both "their" and
> "there"
> are common words.
> Accurate citation of sources is central to our work as professional
> genealogists. We discuss "citing" quite often. We don't ever discuss
> "sighting" unless we're talking about UFOs or Bigfoot.
> Remember also that the final step of the Genealogical Proof Standard is to
> produce a *well-written*, soundly reasoned conclusion. Potential clients
> should be careful to assess professionals based on their public output. A
> professional website may not be a case study, but it is often the only
> public output that a potential client may have accessible to judge the
> researcher's ability to both accurate and *understandably* report on their
> research.
> If the researcher in question is on this list -- and I have made no effort
> to discover who it is -- then please take the opinions above as
> constructive
> criticism. All other professionals who have an online presence should also
> heed the advice to go over your website and professional profiles with a
> fine-toothed comb. What you put online is permanent and accessible,
> whether
> intended to be or not. Take control of those aspects that you can control,
> like your website, because there will be many aspects that you cannot
> control.
> Michael Hait, CG(sm)
> CG and Certified Genealogist are service marks of the Board for
> Certification of Genealogists, used under license by board certificants
> after periodic competency evaluation, and the board name is registered in
> the US Patent & Trademark Office.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: treviawbeverly
> Sent: Wednesday, September 21, 2011 2:13 PM
> To: Karen Rhodes ;
> Subject: Re: [TGF] Sighting sources,web sights --- citing sources & web
> sites
> Frankly, I hate to see this discussion go on. What is it accomplishing
> and
> what if the person who made
> the spelling errors is on this list they have caught on by now that it is
> their website.
> There are reasons it may have happened. As mentioned, the old spell
> checker that does not recognize
> the usage of a word. And believe me, when you've thought it, researched
> it,
> worked it, typed it, etc. for days and weeks on end, the largest mistake
> will get by you. It is not that you don't know the correct spelling or
> usage
> but your mind often races ahead.
> Genealogist to genealogist, I'd let the person know. Gosh, if your slip
> was showing, would you want me to tell you? (well, if you wear one of
> course)
> ~ Trevia
> Trevia Wooster Beverly
> Houston, Texas
> 713.864-6862
> Co-chairman, TSGS Houston Conference
> or
> Coordinator, Angelina College Genealogy Conference
> Member
> SSA.
> Harris County Historical Commission (1995 - )
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