Sunday, February 5, 2012

A note about sources

One thing some folks may have noticed during my short life as a blogger is that most of my family history info I've been posting does not have source citations. This is a conscious decision I have made and one I haven't made lightly. I've long been a stickler for making sure the information I have is correct, however most of my source citations are not perfect and need work before I'm willing to share them with the light of day, which became glaringly obvious to me when I took the Boston University Genealogical Research Program in 2011.

So since the program ended in May 2011 I have been going through my tree adding proper source citations. The progress has been slow though as I don't have as much time as I'd like right now to work on genealogy. At the same time I am quite aware of the fact that most of the information I have is not possessed by many of my relatives. So, if I get hit by a bus, a lot of the family information I have might be lost, which I cannot let happen after spending so many years on this. With that in mind, at this point I am trying to simply get the information out to those who may be interested. My hope is still to produce a beautifully crafted family genealogy with impeccable source citations, but I don't see that happening soon unfortunately. So, in that spirit, I am more than happy to provide source information for any piece of information on my blog and strongly encourage those interested to contact me.

Also, as a general disclaimer, while I have made every effort to make sure the information I'm presenting is correct, I always encourage others to do their own research.


  1. I feel the same way about citing sources on my blog. I have a disclaimer in the sidebar for readers to contact me with more information. I also put in "short version" sources when I quote material or post images. I also find that formatting citations is a problem on Blogger, and I don't know HTML. I save worrying about properly cited sources for print articles when it really matters. No one has ever complained (thank goodness), so I'm sticking with this plan for now!

    1. Thanks Heather! It is good to know others are doing the same thing to get the info out. I do feel very strange not citing the info, but feel if I was taking the time to sort out and craft all of the citations for each blog post that I would never get around to posting.