Jim Heddell at the Rootsonomy Blog has written a great piece on Avoiding Five Common Research Errors. This is an excellent information literacy article focusing on genealogical research. He points out some very common mistakes people make when conducting this type of research, such as jumping to conclusions about who you might be related to, or assuming that two people with the same last name are related. He also discusses the importance of documenting all of your facts before moving backward in time. Great stuff here!
- Don’t believe everything you see or read.
- Always document WHERE you got EVERY fact in your tree.
- Avoid making assumptions.
- Don’t rush backward in time.
- Don’t assume you are related to Abraham Lincoln.