There are many myths floating around out there in the world of genealogy. Don’t derail your research by becoming a victim to the following myths.
You can find your whole family history online. It looks so simple when advertised on TV by Ancestry.com. A few clicks on the keyboard and you find your family history but genealogy research is a lot more complicated than that. You can find many family trees online but there are also lots of errors in them. To adequately document your family tree, you need to track down the sources of information. Some documents can be obtained online but you often need to visit Libraries, Courthouses, and State Archives.
Genealogy Tree of Lee 1886 (Library of Congress)
Your ancestor came over on the Mayflower or George Washington is your ancestor. Lots of families have these stories and they became embellished over time, so be sure to do your research and validate these claims. Not everyone with the same last name is related. DNA evidence today has disproved many long held traditional family stories about ascendancy. FYI – George Washington did not have children or descendants. However, his wife did from a former marriage.
Your ancestor’s name was changed at Ellis Island. Passenger lists were created at the port of departure and Ellis Island officially checked the names on the list. However, immigrants often changed their own names in an attempt to sound more American.
You can buy your family crest. Actually, families don’t have crests….individuals do. Coats of arms must be granted and you must prove descent through a male line of someone to whom arms were granted.
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- WHERE TO FIND – on-line resources, experienced genealogists will not be aware of many of these.
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