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When one gets involved in Genealogy, one is often asked if they wish to exchange data. There is a right way and a wrong way to respond to such a request. First of all, genealogists generally speaking are very giving. They share easily. So be prepared to give, and to receive.

The proper way to share is to send a Register Report with Notes and Sources.

Let me expand. The Register Report was invented by the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS). It is available in every genealogy software package I have ever seen, although some times by another name. It has a Person’s Data as to birth, death, burial date and place; the same data for the spouse, including the date and place of the marriage. For each of the two persons there should be Notes describing that which is known about them in a biographical manner.

Finally the facts will or should have a notation as to their Source. If there is no Source associated with the facts (of birth, of marriage, etc.) the data should be viewed with suspicion.

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