Genealogy and citations: Problems and solutions

One of the biggest problems I have in my genealogy research is the proper citation of information and evidence I have gathered.  For years I simply added the information to my trees, after making sure it was correct information, but I failed to cite my source, or if I did, I did it in such a fashion that I was not able to relocate it several years later.

With this lesson firmly in place, here is the information regarding proper citation of records and evidence in genealogical research, not only for you, but to help reinforce it for myself.

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Parents should NOT have to be born AFTER their children.

I do understand the need to feel as though you are connected to something larger than yourself, and for many that means being connected to royalty.

I recently received a printout of a family tree from a family member that shows direct lineage through our Russell line to the major royalty of Europe.  After reviewing the tree for a few seconds I pronounced it completely fictitious.  My family member who presented me with this printout said it was correct because the woman who had done it was married to a pilot.  Now that is all the confirmation I needed. Continue reading Parents should NOT have to be born AFTER their children.

Fourteenth Amendment Does Not Guarantee Citizenship to Children of Illegal Immigrants

Recent news has Donald Trump saying the Fourteenth Amendment is unconstitutional. In reading the transcript of the conversation he had with Bill O’Reilly I would say the headlines and media is taking it all out of context.

O’Reilly told Trump, “The 14th Amendment says if you’re born here, you’re an American!” Continue reading Fourteenth Amendment Does Not Guarantee Citizenship to Children of Illegal Immigrants

In the Beginning (there always has to be a beginning)

It has been suggested by a few folks that follow me on Facebook that I should begin a blog containing some of my life adventures, ideas, opinions, and humour. This blog is just that; a central location for me to keep all my opinions and such.

I can tell you that I have many interests, some of which are thought of as being noncontroversial such as genealogy, but even genealogy can be very controversial. I am also a practicing Pagan, which pisses off the Christian fundamentalists, a far right wing Constitutionalist, which pisses off most Pagans, a gun owner and concealed and open carry supporter, which pisses off most liberals and gun control advocates, and have many, many other opinions that generally piss off everybody else not mentioned above. Continue reading In the Beginning (there always has to be a beginning)