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My Genealogy on the WWW Mike Sheldon AAA www. drmikesheldon. com www. sheldongenealogy. com
AAA Like most of us I have spent many hours visiting libraries and record centres to examine original documents. There is an issue about the accuracy of on-line information – and how can you check it? But the future has to be on the www as it is not practical for most people to go back to the original resources – but someone needs to, and make an accurate record of what is there – at a fair price! These 3 attributes are the most important reason for building a personal web presence.
So where should my information go? So. G library – preferably as a DVD Put all my papers in a box and in my will pass them on to someone else Most of us now use computers to record and keep data Put up my tree on commercial web sites Have my own web site – or even in cooperation with other researchers
The So. G welcomes our research
The Internet Generation We are the past ! Paper will soon cease to be available. The So. G library will soon be all electronic How accurate are resources on the web? A story about indexes. Ancestry. co. uk
Help from the 1841 census ? Name Index at Ancestry. co. uk is flawed Looking at the actual pages, what I saw as Sheldon in the images, appear in the index as – Skeltona Shddn Shelan Shelley Alphen Canstand Shelden Skeldon
Ancestry. co. uk Although the indexers may have got it wrong, at least the original image of the census was also there. This is a good lesson for always having both – an image of the original and an index of the contents. So one of my valued items on my web site is the Bigland pedigree.
The value of seeing the original sources Bigland Pedigree story Book about the Sheldon’s by Barnard. Now out of print but I photocopied most of it. In it he mentions a full pedigree of the Sheldon’s held by Mrs Warriner of Weston Park. I visited Warwick library and there I saw an entry for the Bigland Pedigree
Bigland Pedigree – my on-line copy
Valuable Resources placed on line Anyone in the world can see them. You can update and correct information at any time Web sites can be archived and so saved for the future. Other people can contact you with information they have recorded. An international community of Sheldon researchers can be linked together.
The Fosbrook Family
More resources I want to record There is an out of print book about the famous Sheldons by EAB Barnard. I have a photocopy of it so does Ancestry. co. uk – but they charge you to look at any pages. I want to put it up for free
The Dilemma Is it better to give your information to a commercial web site and then pay to have access to it. Or create your own web site (and pay for it) and keep it up to date? Either may be appropriate – I chose to go my own way.
How to make a web site As it was a few years ago I started I had to study quite a bit about computers first. Today it is a lot easier. OU course on web design, and then learned how to use Dreamweaver.
Using Search Engines DONT put – Mike Sheldon – in the box – well down the page as there are so many Mike Sheldons in the world. DO put – “Dr Mike Sheldon” – comes up at the top after the adverts
Any Questions ?