A few thoughts from and copyright information.
Personal Statement about Internet Genealogy
by Mel Harman
Internet Genealogy has been a great assesst to researchers but can also have pitfalls. We both started family research years ago, and started working together on our Gean ancestors over 15-years ago. Many things have changed in the last 30-years, and there are constantly new wonderful great things on the web for family history buffs and researchers to use. We bega this site because we are also weary of many family trees and previously published books. There were assumptions made by many early Gean/Jean resarchers and because of it families ended up being merged that did not belong together.
There are many tools for the new researcher to use one of which includes family members and mementos. This is a wonderful source, but I can not help but compare that source to some Internet sources. Please remember that unless you have a will, probate records, court records, deed records, census records and church records in your hand, to take what you see and hear with a grain of salt. Sometimes you will count yourself lucky for even finding one record for a family. I will never forget that I spent months researching the wrong family because I was verbally told erroneous information - more than once (sometimes people merge individuals together and don’t mean to).
For this reason we generally do not place individuals on the Gean-ealogy tree until we have the full picture (and documentation). However, please remember that two people can read the same will and see something different, so if you see an error PLEASE!! let us know. This is one reason why it is very important to find the record before accepting information as fact. We are not a professional genealogists, but over the years we have learned a alot. We began this tree so that we could separate the families and help others see how often the Gean/Jean/Jayne/Jane (es, s) names are interchangeable and how often they are accidentally merged together. We do want accurate records and often collateral lines because they help us determine which family is which. We are often totally amazed how families reconnect, sometimes 100-years later, in a different county, state or country!
We hope everyone continues to search for their family members and has great success.
Happy trails to all!
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