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1. The power of Google has created an impression that anything can easily be found by entering a few words. The advent of collaborative genealogy websites, such as Ancestry.com, WorldConnect and FamilySearch, has reinforced this impression by treating unverifiable member lineages as legitimate sources. These unverifiable lineages are in no way legitimate sources and these lineage conglomerations produce The Immense and Growing Echo Chamber of Genealogically Related Garbage. It has been estimated that less than 5% of all archived legitimate genealogical source documents have been transcribed and/or indexed and are available on the web; however this world wide archive is also rapidly growing.
2. One of the most efficient research tools available is the census. The census is one of the first places to look for your ancestor, not the last. You have not reached a dead-end or brick wall until you have carefully checked all the censuses in which your ancestor might be enumerated.
I will be glad to freely give you my assistance, but I am not a computer or a genealogy Google. To discover any information that is not on my web page or in my database requires my time and effort. I almost always start this research by looking at the censuses.
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Revised Apr 3, 2018