Challenges for the Genealogist in the “Information Era”

Genealogists have easier access to more information than they ever have. With that increased access comes some realities that we all must address on a daily basis:

  • Realizing that we may not have access to all information– not all records being online and many online records are not fully indexed.
  • Being overwhelmed with data and being unable to sift out and focus on relevant material.
  • Failing to understand and interpret correctly what we do find.

I try and remind myself of these things every day as I research:

  • there could be more out there
  • I must constantly focus
  • I must constantly learn

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