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Genealogy basics

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* '''Qualify what you record.''' Include your theories or questions about information as you write it. There's nothing wrong with others understanding that you might not be comfortable in the accuracy of a certain fact or hypothesis. It can help others to understand your perspective and bring further information to bear as they try to make sense of questions or research in the same area. Be sure to use brackets or other notation technique to clearly distinguish your comments from those of the source.
* '''Respect the privacy of the living.''' Genealogy is not intended to invade people's privacy by revealing their current health conditions, their social security numbers, and other still-hidden secrets. Be sensitive when writing about issues that some family members might not be comfortable discussing.
* '''Back up your electronic information frequently.''' If you spend countless hours entering information into a genealogy program, take the extra five minutes every now and then to back up the files on a CD. Write the description of what is on Lable the disc with a description and date using a CD marker (not just any permanent marker!) and the date and store it in a dark, cool and dry place.
* '''Take lots of pictures.''' Use photographs to remember details you don't have time to write down. Pictures of a cemetery stone can be useful, but you may also want a picture of the church that sits in front, a view from the road leading up to the site, views looking toward the stone from various positions, stones adjacent and otherwise interesting, a general overview of the place, even those who accompanied you on the visit. Later, these may help you find it and other areas for more research or simply remind you and others of the experience of that day.

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