Do you sometimes write blog posts in which you share an analysis of several census records about a specific individual and his or her family? What about an evaluation of a court document for an ancestor to help identify children and their spouses? Maybe you've posted graduation or marriage certificates and written about them? Or perhaps you've written posts about a document you hold which is not publicly available but which helps identify your ancestor and his or her relationship to others.
My ancestor Christian Gerner was identified with several different first names and surnames in three consecutive census records. There were enough variations in the recorded information (for both him and his family) for me to question whether it was the same individual or not. I wrote one post about the variations and another post about how I determined that it was the same man.
Writing posts like these is useful to me because they help me evaluate
the information, order my thoughts, and make a logical conclusion about
what I've found. A few blog followers may read them and, if another
descendant of the ancestor is searching, he or she may find and read
them, but I think they mostly go unnoticed.
I think those posts could be helpful to others looking at shared ancestors on FSFT. I just recently realized that the posts could be added to an individual's information in FamilySearch Family Tree (FSFT).
Blog posts can't be added as a source. The document referred to in the post can be added as a source if it's available online in FamilySearch or one of its affiliate sites, but the analysis in the blog post cannot be added as a source.
A link to the blog post can be added to the individual's page on FamilySearch in either the Discussions section or the Notes section.
For my direct-line ancestors I will go through old blog posts and add links to them for my ancestors on FamilySearch Family Tree. I'll add links to only those posts that help solve a problem or give sources unavailable elsewhere. And, of course, I'll add links to posts as I write them in the future. However and wherever I add the links I will write a brief explanation of the information to be found in the post. I'm interested to learn if other researchers leave comments at FSFT or visit the posts and leave comments here.
Have you done this? Have you seen this done on FamilySearch Family Tree? Is there any reason why you think it should not be done?
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