What’s in it for me?

Genealogy and family history are now global pursuits. The web is awash with sites offering help – listings of vital data (births, marriages, deaths &c), ready-researched family trees, and much more besides. Some are run by big, professional organisations, some by lone individuals. You’d be unlucky not to find, somewhere out there on the Web, a promising-looking lead for your research

But how do you know which sites to trust? Even the market-leaders are not always reliable. Their original transcriptions of data may have been mass-produced by casual workers unsuited to the task. A reputable site will always invite people to submit corrections. But some people’s corrections may be no more reliable than the casual worker’s original transcription

Ideally, you want to use a site that has had the benefit of an active, moderating editor with knowledge of the subject, who:

  • checks the data painstakingly before it ever goes on the web ·
  • invites amendments
  • checks the reliability of amendments before either annotating or overwriting the original
  • conscientiously lists sources
  • makes reasonably sure that there is no copyright infringement

The Genealogy Quality Code offers no guarantees. But the logo on registered websites tells you that their editor places considerations of quality above quantity and commercial or other agendas.

2 Responses to What’s in it for me?

  1. Ric Cooper says:

    This all looks like sound common sense to me. Good luck!

    • admin says:

      Thanks, Ric. You’ve hit the nail on the head. Sound common sense is what this is all about!