Got Sources? Was Great Grandma Born There, Or Not?
Recently a great dialogue developed between a Facebook friend and myself. I hadn't realized she lived in the city where one of my great grandmothers was born, or so I thought...
Allow me share a bit of background ~
Several years ago I was given contact information from my (step) aunt, for one of my mother's cousins whom I had never met. She shared his researched family tree chart with me, which I promptly entered into my genealogy program. After this, I wanted to know what other bits of treasure my cousin might have to share.
He lived only a few hours from me so it wasn't long before a date was set when I could meet him and his wife. They lived in the most unique, wonderful house I have ever seen, which was very intriguing on it's own. My cousin's (first cousin once removed) wife was very sweet and included me in their lunch plans. I may not have given her much choice about that though as I was at their home for several hours.
At that time my cousin wasn't currently working with his genealogy, but had been active with it in the past. I was so thankful he willingly dug out his genealogy research box of our family. I spent most of the day scanning photos, writing notes and taking lots of pictures. It was an amazing experience. I remember being very impressed with my cousin's research and all of the information he shared.
Back when I received the copy of his family tree chart, I wasn't aware I should verify the information in it! I loved his work and trusted that it was complete and correct. So, when I entered his family information into my tree, I never thought to source the information. If only we had been informed we needed these habits upon starting this hobby...I'd venture to guess most of us learned this the hard way.
I remember the visit with this cousin and his wife vividly, their unique house and welcoming personalities. I remember emailing with another person, not related, regarding this family line also. Early on in my research, I was changing information in my tree as soon as I heard or saw something new, never adding a source.
Back to the present day and time ~
Today, I look at my family tree not knowing when, where, or who I received the information from that my great grandmother was born in Bergen, Norway. It just says so in my tree.
As I shared earlier, a couple of weeks ago my Facebook friend who lives in Bergen, Norway and I were chatting. She did some research on my great grandmother and forwarded it to me. In the database
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