Resources and Sources
What is a Source ?
A source is a credible piece of information which is actual and contemporary to its subject rather than a memory or written work by a third party at a later date, who may have imposed their own feelings and imagination upon the subject. Sources are documents, letters, maps, photographs and newspapers, to mention a few. These are used to reconstruct the past and are critical to the success of the family historian.
The internet as a source finding tool can be fraught with problems, but careful use can reap rewards. Given that information on the internet is digital and not physical there is a great danger that in may have been entered incorrectly, or misunderstood by the author. It is vital therefore to make use of trusted online sources, websites hosted by government or official academic bodies are a good start. Making use of an individual's family history website will not guarantee you have the correct details, even if names and details of your family are shown. Some researching their family history may all too easily take any information for granted, with-out checking the original source and within little time the effects of misinformation can become an epidemic. It only takes one mistake to throw your family tree off course, and worse still you wouldn't even be aware.
Throughout this site we have tried to present the budding family historian with pointers to good sources such as; Local Archives, Online resources, Books and Maps, Old Trade Adverts, Cemetery Plans, War Memorials, Census Data and Trade Directories.