It Won’t Be Done and It Won’t Be Perfect

Don’t let the fact that your genealogy isn’t “done” and isn’t “perfect” prevent you from publishing your compilation.

Cite every source you have used, transcribe the documents accurately, report what they say (not what you wish they’d say), omit conjecture that has no basis, and summarize what you have found. No genealogy will ever be complete and there’s always the chance you miss something. Make certain you have used all sources that are available, not just the ones that are easy to access and not just the ones that are the easiest to understand.

Realizing that it won’t be done and that it won’t be perfect doesn’t mean that you skim the surface of what is available and that you do a sloppy job. It’s just that perfection won’t be reached.