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Genealogy – Moving to the Internet

January 20, 2011

Tracing your family history is a skill…It requires patience, thoroughness and a passion for history.  Through my own experience I’ve learned it’s okay to take breaks when you’ve hit a brick wall and it’s okay to move past something when you’re just not 100% certain you’re on the right track.  Don’t misunderstand, I’m not tellng you forget about accuracy and move on, but clear your mind and come back later with a fresh prospective on the subject.

Apparently in the genealogy community its frowned upon to advertise yourself as an Internet Genealogist.   There is no shame in being proficient in internet genealogy.  I honestly believe it’s the new way to research with everything going digital as it is.  With internet research I am able to locate almost anything by doing the correct searches.  Many beginners don’t know there are dozens of free websites available to find the documents that you’re searching for. 

Another interesting note is there is so much information you can compile from really disecting a document.  Don’t just look at it for it’s face value, but really look at it.  Census records are a perfect example, if you really look at a census record you can discover things like:  Immigration date, language spoken, age at first marriage and occupation.  All fascinating if you’re trying to determine who you are and where you come from.  Next time you’re looking at a census record really look at it, column by column and see what you discover about your family, you might be surprised.

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