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The researching of ones family history has has become hughly popular with the creation of the Internet. Since it's introduction on the Internet Websites have popped up and it has started appearing in popular commericals on television, but one needs to be careful of the hype.
A popular website that does exstensive advertising on the Internet, TV and Radio would like you to believe that you can trace your family lineage back very easily using their website and paying a fee. Buyer beware.
Accuracy in geneaology is very important. Without the proper documentation you are only publishing an excellent book of fiction. A rule of thumb when doing your genealogy is to have at least three sources for each fact in your genealogy. Without proof you genealogy can be highly suspect. Many of the websites on the Internet do not sight the importance of documentation. Just becasuse a 110 people feel a lineage is correct wit out documentation does not make it correct.
Many of the family trees sited on the popular websites are just plain wrong and very misleading. Don't fall into the trap of easy genealogy. In all cases you need to do your leg work. Genealogy takes time. People want to take the easy way out when doing their research and do not want to do the work.
As I have said before, my genealogy has taken over thirty years to complete. It is still not done and may never be. I am reluctant to put my genealogy on the Internet. I will talk about more of the pitfalls in future articles.
Professionals are trained to do the things the correct way with documentation and because of expereience they are able to complete it in a timely fashion.