Stop the sourcing chaos!
Over and over again I run into records of people in the Tree that have up to 30 sources.
It seems as if patrons believe the more sources of ANY kind, the better. But sources should appear as PRIMARY and SECONDARY sources.
- PRIMARY sources do indicate CLEAR evidence of a person's vital data: Birth/Christening dates and places, marriage date and place, death date and place, and where the source is located. Included MUST be first and last names of the parents.
- A SECONDARY source provides HINTS (only!!) for family relationships between people and indicates that hard evidence is not fully there or still missing.
In reference to German church records: Many of the sources offered by familysearch originate from the International Genealogical Index which is based on extraction records and privately submitted records over a long period of time. Back in time it was well known that the IGI is NOT a safe place to go when it comes to finding accurate information about an ancestor, due to numerous duplications, spelling problems, misreading of records and the fact that technical possibilities we enjoy now were not available in IGI-times.
Other sources so profoundly promoted by familysearch are based on records that have been indexed in recent years (and ongoing) Especially the older indexed records several flaws in regards of accuracy and detail. That is changing to the better but unfortunately the older indexed records are still around and in use: as sources!
It seems to me that patrons, looking at a source provided by familysearch believe that this is automatically a good, solid (PRIMARY) source. I cannot wrap my head around the sheer number of sources for one single person found in the Tree.
We need to READ the content of a source before we do the left click with our mouse. How much hard evidence does my source provide in regards of birth, death, marriage of the person I attach it to?