Regarding Genealogical Research
I have been a serious genealogist since 1996. Early in my research I was delighted to find two messages submitted to Missouri mail lists that described, better than I ever could, just why we do it! The second letter was about the lessons of the search.
All information on this web site is the result of my own research with the assistance of interested parties who are closely related to these same family lines. That is to say ... none of the information has been copied from the files of other genealogists. I have details and sources available for every person mentioned on this web site. I am happy to share this information with anyone researching these same families.
In 2003 I began to notice what I call data collectors posing as genealogists on the Internet. These data collectors take gedcom files from other researchers and merge them into their own databases. They surely have no idea if the gedcom files have been properly researched. That is hardly the point. Apparently the point is trying to have the largest gedcom file on the Internet. Ancestry.com has offered a forum to these data collectors that gives them the ability to copy and paste gedcom files to their heart's content. I have seen files containing more than 250,000 people. My own research has been merged into more than one such file. I hope this isn't a continuing trend. If there is an error in my research, I have to contact the owner of the data collection to make sure the error is corrected in that file also. It is unlikely that the person who copied the information will be seeking updates. To that end I have started leaving important details out of the files presented on this web site. No longer given are: marriage information, death place, burial location or cemetery. This information is available to any serious genealogist who asks about it. No such information will be shared with anyone who may be a data collector. Please visit a web page that far better describes genealogy fraud.