It’s dangerous NOT to go GenTraveling!


If you don’t know why I posted this photo, you’ve gotta read THIS POST HERE.  I wrote about the estimated percentage of records that are online, and why we need to do onsite research – as in, we need to go GenTraveling!

Here’s The Legal Genealogists’s opinion:


“The fact of the matter is, is that even David Rencher, who is the chief genealogist of FamilySearch, probably the biggest digitizer of records in the universe says that we probably don’t have one piece of paper in ten that is ever going to be digitized in our life times, so relying exclusively on what you can find online and what you may be able to get without onsite research is dangerous in any context, whether it’s for a KDP or whether it’s for our own family research.

At some point, you’re gonna have to make a road trip. I don’t know how you can do reasonably exhaustive research without seeing what books are up on that shelf in the back room of the courthouse that nobody has looked at in a hundred and fifty years. So can I tell you what you should choose? No I can’t. Can I tell you what the dangers are in relying on exclusively online and a few letters here and there? YEAH, THAT’S DANGEROUS IN ANY CONTEXT.”

If you’d like to listen to the webinar where Judy Russell, The Legal Genealogist, gave this opinion, you can go HERE. It is a free webinar through Legacy Family Tree Webinars. This quote is from the last Q&A section.

So, that’s it for today’s GenTraveling blog post! Have I convinced you to plan a research trip?  Where do you plan to go? Be sure to share your GenTraveling Bucket list on our Bucket List Page.  GenTraveling: It’s the Real Deal Thrill!  Also, if you have a GenTraveling story to tell and would like to be considered to be a guest author on this site, please email your article to gentraveling at gmail dot com. Thank you – have a fantastic day!

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