Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Citing Ancestral File or The International Genealogical Index - IGI

How to Use and Cite Ancestral File and The International Genealogical Index | eHow.com: "probably, the most widely used genealogical reference sources.

Unfortunately, they are also two of the most common sources of erroneous information. Both are products of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and are widely used by church members and non-members alike. So many researchers use these sources that any errors (and there are a great many) get propagated far and wide.

Other resources, like Ancestry World Tree, family history books, family web sites, and individual researchers' files often include incorrect data from AF and IGI without citing them as the source. So, how can we make use of these databases while minimizing the chance of spreading the errors? We can be choosy about the data we use from them and, we can warn our readers of the imprecise nature of these sources."


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