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Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Top Ten Mistakes Made by Newbie Genealogists

10. Assuming without documentary proof that they themselves were born.

9. Rounding off birth dates to the nearest decade.

8. Rearranging headstones in the family plot alphabetically.

7. Citing "Uncle Arnie Talking in His Sleep" as a source.

6. Erasing and rewriting medieval parish registers so they're easier to read.

5. Posting queries to the Ancestry.com message boards with nude self-portraits attached.

4. Checking Ellis Island records for the Titanic's arrival.

3. Inviting relatives of Grandpa's murder victim to the reunion.

2. Keeping track of ancestors by only their initials.

1. Asking Scientologists where they keep their microfilm.

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