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The Next Genealogy Journey: Finding trees in a forest of Lamberts — 4 Comments

  1. Thank-you Ross for sharing your family history journey and the lessons you have learnt along the way. I really enjoy your writing. A great way to share family stories without getting bogged down in the detail.

    • Thank you for your very encouraging comments, Catherine. My next blog has been hard work and I’m still working on it. It’s about a William Jones from Wales.

  2. Ross, your experiences with citation record-keeping resonates with me! Your comments reminded me of the old proverb: “A stitch in time saves nine”. So true!
    I think the excitement of discovering a vital bit of family history information somehow accelerates the desire for more research and information and unfortunately the citations along the way are overlooked. That’s my feeble excuse anyway!

    • Yes, Beverley, I still find the citation process quite a drag. What makes it even more so is that there are several different schools of thought on ‘correct’ citations. At the University of Tasmania, while studying for the Diploma of Family History, I followed their recommended Chicago-like style. I now try to follow that as it’s the first time I was provided a useful structure. I still have their guide beside me whenever I am doing citations. I have been tempted at times to take an easier way out and merely copy and paste the citation provided in Ancestry, Findmypast, etc., but that would lead to inconsistency. The best advice given by the lecturers was to always ask yourself whether anyone else could find your reference from your citation. That’s the ultimate test, otherwise why bother citing at all?

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