One of my stated goals this year was to work on improving my source citations in my Family tree. Part of the reason that I find genealogy interesting, is that it is very much about the details.
One of my ancestors is Frederick Hoffman. Frederick died on this day 123 years ago. On February 25th, 1889 in Indiana Frederick Hoffman died sudden and unexpectedly.
Every year I set a few goals for the year, and often time, goals about my family tree are in the works. In the past I have been more concerned about "growing" the tree based on the number of individuals alone, but this year I am also looking to improve the "Quality" of the tree, by increasing the number and use of sources in the tree. Previously, it was easy to discern if I had met my goal, just record the number of Individuals that I had before the year started, and compare to the number I have at the end of the year.
It Happens over and over again, you catch the genealogy bug and you are itching to get started. In the rush to get started, you add people to your tree, but you forget to add source information. Ideally every single person in your tree will have at least one source record, indicating where you got the information on the person. Dates of birth, dates of death, marriage, Census information all should have source information attached. Adding an individual to your tree without adding the information about where you learned about the individual weakens the credibility of your data.