Last night I came across these photos. The Rimes family are distant cousins, which is why I’d never focused on them. These photos led to further search and I quickly confirmed their death dates and learned more about the terrible fire. I felt drawn to find their fourth child, who was previously unknown to me. The genealogist who posted the photos had information on his/her tree. Fortunately, this genealogist was thorough and added many sources. Upon further review of the sources, I agreed with the conclusions reached and added that child to my tree as well.
My point: what would have taken me months to do in days gone by was accomplished in 30 minutes thanks to the internet (and it’s powerful search engines) and a dedicated genealogist who was willing to post thorough research for others to see.
Lesson#1: be vigilant in your sourcing so others can benefit from your hard work! Linking your sources to your ancestors is easier now than ever.
Lesson #2: check the sources of others and be sure their research is reliable.