[APG Public List] Citing Sources - Your Opinion
bethg at integrity.com
Mon Jun 28 20:42:44 MDT 2010
On 6/28/2010 8:23 PM, Cindy Leigh wrote:
> I am a grad student doing an online genealogy research degree from the
> University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, and my thesis is on the
> practice of citing sources in the amateur genealogist population.
> There has been much concern among professionals about the integrity of
> family histories floating around the internet and the amount of
> misinformation being shared due to lack of proper documentation of
> Your opinion/s on this subject would add tremendously to my research.
> A few short questions:
> 1. Obviously, education is the key. Do you think professionals are
> doing enough to help educate the general population about the
> importance of citing sources? You need to define the difference
> between a professional genealogist and an amateur genealogist. Beth
> 2. Do you think one solution would be to lobby the largest
> subscription services, such as Ancestry.com, to provide more
> up-front and visible prompts to add ANY kind of information as
> to where the information as obtained – in their public family
> trees? Ancestry already provides education for the general
> public. Ancestry is a commercial enterprise and needs to attract
> newbies in genealogy in order to be a commercial success. Beth
> 3. Can you refer me to others who may have an opinion on this subject?
> There has been much debate on <www.werelate.org> on the subject of
> undocumented data. This is a nonprofit site but one stills need
> members.WeRelate now has a gedcom upload process that takes some time
> and effort and merging of matching pages. Beth G.
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