news is out--there is genealogy data available online! Actual cold,
hard, data. Facts--names, dates, events. But considering the number
of individuals online, the data is few and far between. "Data" in this
case means pension lists, surname lists, census extracts, land record
extracts, obituaries, vital records, military records, passenger lists,
Many users new to the Internet mistakenly believe that
their entire family history is lurking on some web page, just waiting
for them to discover it. And, although the number of people posting
to newsgroups asking where to find "the online censuses and vital records"
is fewer, it still occurs.
So what happens when you do strike gold online, and
discover an online data source with your family information? How do
you treat the information? Is it valid? Is it suspect? How do you find
the source? Do you look for verification?