Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Tika & Top Ten Genealogy Mistakes
This was my sorry-looking little Tika when I made the mistake of giving her cooked hambone from a pot of hambone and beans. Those gelatinous bites solidified in her tummy and intestinal tract and she barely escaped having surgery (the laxative worked). But it was a Big Mistake that I shall not never repeat!
What, do you suppose, are the Top Ten Commonest Genealogy Mistakes? From a 2005 list compiled by the Connecticut Society of Genealogists they are:
1. Misspelling the word genealogy.
2. Believing everything you find in print is correct.
3. Assuming you're related to XXX because your surname is XXX too.
4. Being content with finding names, dates and places only for your family.
5. Believing an undocumented 1908 family history must be correct.
6. Accepting without question the family stories and legends.
7. Believing that any variation in the spelling of your surname means it is not your surname.
8. Never writing down a source.
9. Believing that everything you find on the Internet is correct.
10. Not bothering to talk to all relatives and searching out new cousins to talk to.
Do you identify with any of these mistakes??
Tika just says, "Please don't bring me to this place ever again!! It smells awful!!"