I am thrilled to be resuming my career as a genealogy speaker, having had to give it up four years ago because my health was unreliable. I've been so much better this year that I am once again taking speaking engagements.
My first talk will be to the U3A Family History Group at The Chantry, Thornbury, Gloucestershire at 10 am on 16 November 2012. My subject will be "Descendants of Cutty Sark - Tracing Living People".
I've been working on a project for a client involving research into a group of unrelated but historically connected people. Quite a few of these people appear in online family trees.
AFTER I did my research on each person I checked out the online trees to see if I had missed anything. I was staggered by the very high degree of inaccuracy I found. I estimate over 90% of the trees had incorrect data for basic birth, marriage and death facts. Given that these people were unrelated, this was not just one "family historian" posting misinformation but many separate individuals.
On the plus side, 1% of the online trees led to gold dust such as family photographs or digital images of primary source material.