Progress Happens

I wanted to chime in on something I’m seeing on the genealogical forums and blogs – resentment. There are some people whom, having researched for years (or even generations) the old-fashioned blood sweat and tears way, are very very VERY upset at the ease modern day genealogists can enjoy in their research.

I’ve read comments, on online sites like Ancestry.com, declaring that all forms of online research are useless and incorrect (wonder why they are on there then?). I’ve seen bloggers claim that anyone who hasn’t eyeballed the original document in person isn’t a serious researcher. I even read one person who went so far as to say that you shouldn’t even take major collections, like the National Archives, as accurate, that you should go get the original in your hands and verify it in person. Sounds like snobbery, but is definitely rooted in some resentment.

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Whither Are We Rockefeller?

Whither Are We Rockefeller?

Quite by accident I discovered how we are linked to the Rockefeller family known widely in the United States. I was exploring up a side of the tree and ran across someone who married a woman with the surname Rector. Thinking that perhaps this family may have been named for some notable religious person, I started exploring that family line.

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