A lively discussion occurred at Root Cellar's Reunion for the Mac segment meeting last week about citing and documenting our research. It demonstrated to me that many genealogists are not on the same page when it comes to sourcing their work. With so many different genealogical databases out there for the PC and Mac that more or less automatically give you fill in forms for your citations, you would think more of us would be inclined to keep track of our sources. Whether you use your own version or follow Elizabeth Shown Mills's examples, everyone should be documenting their efforts. Personally, I would have a hard time justifying my nearly 2 1/2 decades of research that I have done if I thought that my descendants who may became interested in their family history would find my research of little use. So my current project is going back through each of my ancestors and documenting more fully where I found my information. I want to create signposts for someone else to easily see the validity of my statements. This is not an easy project. Considerable tedious effort will be call for. Is it worth it? How do you handle your sources? Do you feel comfortable that your research will stand the test of time?
Posted by Ron Setzer