Want to help people get a better idea of from where you obtained some of your family tree information? Consider putting it in the Tree Info section of your Ancestry.com family tree! This is where you give the tree a name and write a short description. Consider including the main surnames and a brief bibliography of major sources such as published and unpublished family histories! Someone may stumble upon this description and contact you because they see you have a published version of a family history they didn’t know existed!
© 2013, Lorel Kapke, Sort Your Story
Written by Lorel Kapke, Sort Your Story Founder
Lorel recently posted about her family history on FaceBook and a conversation ensued about the value of “old information.”
What is “old information?” That information we discovered when we first started researching. How valuable is it? Do we know where we got it?
Lorel said, “After spending research hours on Ancestry.com, I realized how easy it would just to grab my family compilation from way back (1996) and input the data… with the understanding that some of this info may be “old info” and useless. Not so, I’ve been adding puzzle pieces daily and the family picture is unfolding!”
“While continuing to update my tree on Ancestry.com with the help of my 1996 compilation, I did find “incorrect data” but it was at least a “start” and as I continue inputting those “elusive” maternal surnames, the family connections are growing by leaps and bounds.”
Another note on “questionable” or “old information” research data. The family group sheet I received in 1996, was the listing of the birth of a girl born in the years between my grandfather and his brother. Since my my father new nothing of this child, I was skeptical. While in Salt Lake City, I grabbed a few hours to research birth and baptism records that can be difficult to find before 1900. I managed to not only find the baptism papers I’ve been looking for but the birth of a daughter that I “thought” was an error. Not only did I find the information I was looking for, I also understood my paternal family and a few of my collateral families lived within this town. I paged through this entire film and found many birth and baptism names and dates.
Never assume all information is accurate or inaccurate… check it out!
What are you doing with your “old information?” Are you adding it to your family tree and Sort Your Story Profiler? Are you making any new connections? Tell us about it.
© 2013, Sort Your Story, Sonoma, California