Are you as fascinated by lighthouses as I am? I love to visit lighthouses and enjoy the view from the top of ones open to the public and visit every one that I can. So what is a lighthouse?
A lighthouse is a tower, building or other type of structure designed to emit light from a system of lamps and lenses and used as an aid to navigation for maritime pilots at sea or on inland waterways. Lighthouses mark dangerous coastline, hazardous shoals, reefs and safe entries to harbors. (This definition from the website, www.lighthousefriends.com.)
What are the lighthouses in our genealogy? What are the "aids to navigation" for us in researching our family history? What warns us from "dangerous coastlines, hazardous shoals and reefs" and then provides us "safe entry" into harbors?
I think there is a 1-word answer to the above question: Documentation. With proper documentation of every bit of information that we enter onto our charts we ensure a "safe harbor" and we avoid "hazardous shoals and reefs" of the dreaded general-ology. (It has been said that genealogy without documentation is mythology or fiction at best.)
Documentation will serve us well if we will but employ it faithfully. What is documentation? Stay tuned…
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