Central Colorado Library System's
Volume 6, Number 3, November 2001
by Christine Hamilton-Pennell and Peggy Jobe
The Internet is changing the way genealogists conduct their research. It has made it possible for researchers to share their data electronically using the platform-independent GEDCOM* format, to identify researchers with similar interests, and to find references to official records in searchable databases or in transcriptions prepared by other genealogists. Although transcribed records and electronic databases do not have the same authority as the original material, the existence of electronic information has made it possible for researchers to locate preliminary information quickly and efficiently. It should be noted that the Web is a starting point for genealogical research; most primary source documents and vital records are not available online. They must still be obtained from the appropriate records office or genealogical or historical collection.
*GEDCOM stands for Genealogical Data Communication and is a standard file format for transferring information from one piece of genealogical software to another. The file format was developed by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) in 1987.
NOTE: This issue of Midnight was originally written by Peggy Jobe, International Documents Librarian and Webmaster, Government Publications Library, University of Colorado at Boulder. It was substantially revised and updated by Christine Hamilton-Pennell, Owner and Consultant, Mosaic Knowledge Works.
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