Keeping the Letterhead in the Family
I have been enjoying the weekly and monthly updates from Ancestry and have a tip of my own. While visiting a cousin recently, she produced an old pad of â€˜stenoâ€™ paper with an elaborate letterhead across the top of the page that belonged to our great-grandfather. I took one sheet and had it scanned to a disc and now whenever I correspond with that side of my family I pull up the letterhead and use it as stationary. It is a lot of fun to have and I have gotten much positive feedback from family members.
Record Contemporary Addresses for Posterity
After an especially grueling search for an ancestor’s census record, I decided to take a look at my own family and record the exact location including street address where my husband and I, our parents, our grandparents, and our children have lived for all census records yet to be released. It certainly will make it easier for future generations to find us, especially in our more mobile society.
A Word to the Wise
I have been researching my family ancestors since 1981, when I was doing all my research by snail mail. I didn’t realize how large my files would get and how important the source of the information I collected was. Well folks, let me tell a little bit of what has happened to me, in not documenting my sources. Someone contacted me with information to share and wanting more on some of our ancestors. Would you believe I had people in the wrong places and dates out of place? What a mess I had. I am now cleaning it up, but had already donated to Ancestry with all the mistakes. Not realizing my mistake of not documenting or asking for the source. Is my face red! I took the word of another researcher that the information was genuine.
Whatever you do, now or in the future, get the source. I have had to delete so many ancestors because of this mistake and no sources. I am now going over all 6,250 entries to make sure there are sources to back up my findings.
A fellow researcher
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