Monday, February 23, 2015

Flagging up Old Genealogy Answers on this Web Site

This site started as a bulletin board in 1998 and took its present form in 2001. In most cases ten year old answers look very old-fashioned as at that time most information came from paper sources.  The first answer on this web site related to LOVETT, Hemel Hempstead, 19th century. and  I have just had a comment about it from Roy which has highlighted the fact that much of the information which is currently online was not available in 2001. It seems appropriate to add a gentle warning on such "Old Answers" pages and make sure that each page has an active button link (top right) to direct people back to more recent material.

As a result I have decided to add the following warning message to all the earliest  posts.
PLEASE NOTE: When this question was asked the amount of information available online was very restricted and the only census available (on a CD) was the 1881 census. The answer given below should be carefully checked using the additional information now readily available online.

This has already been added to the first 40 answers (referring to answers written between 1998 and May 2001) and a "button block" has been added to the top right-hand corner to make the page compatible with the current standard layout. Later pages will be similarly updated as and when time allows.

Any comments about this policy would be welcome.

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