Searching for Boudreaux’s family…

The Genealogue has quite a sense of humor. Geneabloggers has several interesting comments, too, concerning a post from GenMates.com, “5 Bad genealogy sources”.

American humor cannot be confused with British humor or Irish humor, for that matter, much less Cajun humor. Poor Boudreaux!

Well, my sides have nearly stopped hurting now so I suppose I can elaborate on GenMates post and The Genealogue concerning bad genealogy sources … blogs allegedly being one of them.

The Genealogue said, “Books are a good source of unreliable information simply because anyone who can type, print, and use a stapler can make a book. ” While this is true, not all authors are created equal. Not all book titles are admitted to a discerning library’s genealogy collection, either. In fact, it can be said that it is a matter of personal opinion and general consensus as to whether an author is credible. I have been witness to a few arguments among librarians on whether or not a book title should be admitted to the genealogy collection. All of this happened simply because someone (one person) believed that the author had written a small amount of inaccurate information. So essentially, The Genealogue is correct. Or if you prefer, The Genealogue is incorrect.

If electronic sources can be cited, then blogs can be cited, too. I do not believe that family genealogy blogs are a bad source of information, provided that the information provided is properly cited and sourced.

LSU has a bit more information (for students and teachers) on evaluating primary sources. Electronic information is included … oral histories and stories.

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About Louisiana Genealogy Admin

I manage several RootsWeb mailing lists and message boards, support Louisiana Cemetery Preservation, am a former Louisiana and Mississippi librarian, have been researching genealogy of my family since 1988, and write and promote several blogs supporting either Louisiana genealogy or Louisiana cemeteries.
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