My girlfriend has been doing a family history...
And this is what she gave me to put out to the MetaMind:
"I have been doing some genealogy via ancestry.com
What other internet sources might I use to obtain data from the 1600 - 1800s?
Are there specific historical sites that anyone recommends?
I'm interested in newspaper clippings, historical accounts and the like.
Your advice is much appreciated. Thank you."
I would add, how do you verify the sources that you find? I don't know anything about Ancestry .com
But I know she's paying for it and a lot of the stuff that she finds looks wonky to me.
But then, I'm no expert on copies of old papers, signatures and articles from old newspapers. This is what she sees on her screen. My problem is that she is using a single source. How does she verify sources? Has anyone else done this?
I'm worried that shes wasting time and money on something that she cares deeply about but can't be verified. OTOH, maybe I'm overthinking a very old and dry plate of beans.
BTW, In case anyone is curious, I read this entire post to her and she agrees that, while I'm overthinking it, she doesn't mind that I post it.