Sustainable Genealogy

Sustainable Genealogy

Separating Fact From Fiction in Family Legends

Book - 2013
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"There are a lot of textbooks that describe how to find your ancestors; this new one by Richard Hite clarifies how not to. In short, Sustainable Genealogy explains how to avoid the traps many family historians can fall into. Whether it's a proud family legend, a venerable publication or the claims of an Internet family tree, the unsubstantiated genealogical source is like a house of sticks before the Big Bad Wolf -- it won't stand up. As Mr. Hite demonstrates in this collection of case studies, many are the 'oral traditions that have fallen by the wayside under the lens of careful research in primary sources and more recently, DNA testing'" -- Back cover.
Publisher: Baltimore, MD : Genealogical Publishing Co. Inc., c2013
ISBN: 9780806319827
0806319828
Characteristics: xv, 110 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Jones, Henry Z. 1940-

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The prime lesson of this book is: Question oral history. Our real ancestry may not match up with the information told to us, or county histories recorded, or even what death certificates record; but everyone's family history is fascinating when documented as true and when fleshed out, so this les... Read More »


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JCLJoyceM Apr 27, 2016

Richard Hite offers many examples of research gone wrong when a matching surname gets pulled into a family tree. Often only parts of family legend are true, and Hite offers methods to examine “written oral history” to find the facts that prove or disprove a story. This book is more suited to advanced researchers. The details may overwhelm beginning researchers.

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marienona
Jul 07, 2014

tried to read this but got into just a few pages. hard to get into.

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