dee_burris: (Default)
Dee Burris Blakley ([personal profile] dee_burris) wrote2013-08-10 09:54

Research Tip: Please don't make that sh*t up

Have done quite a bit of work on the family tree. Not my direct ancestors, but some of the families that married into mine, as well as my grand aunts, uncles, and their children.

And just got an email from one [apparently] budding family historian, asking why one of my many times removed cousins committed suicide at the asylum where she had been committed three years prior to her death. My correspondent read one of my blog entries. One of her aunts died at the same asylum.

Only my cousin didn't commit suicide. She died of hardening of the arteries, and I posted the death certificate on the blog entry.

I have plenty of other relatives who DID commit suicide, so for me, it's both a cause of death and a cause to try and look deeper into their lives. I blog about that, too.

However, we family historians have to READ EVERYTHING FULLY. We are the story-tellers. Failing to fully read all the historic stuff we find means we are telling a story AND putting our spin on it, as if it was truth.

That's just wrong, and leads to other, more accurate family historians spending years trying to correct a construct of someone else's imagination...