I created a rookie mistake yesterday and today, and I should have known better. I am going to blog about it to share it with you so that you don't make the same mistake.
I began adding a lot of information to some online family tree websites. A friend called me and I took the call. I began chatting with this friend when was adding the information, and I kept on performing the editing. That was my first mistake.
Finally I realized that I was distracted.
I set the laptop down and had the conversation with the friend. We talked for over an hour. I lost track of where I was in my tree and lost my momentum. That was mistake number two.
I then tried to pick up where I left off without backtracking. Mistake number three.
I went to bed last night, not knowing that I had created this terrible mistake of adding people to the wrong family line. Went back to adding names in the wrong place. Realized it after I was several hours into the mistake. Called the company where I made the mistake at. They are unable to help, understandably. I will have to hand enter all of the information again but attach it to the correct person.
The frustrating part of all of this is that I know better. I have been doing this for many years, and apparently, I got lazy and cocky.
I am now going to be adding everything to one place, creating a GEDCOM and going forward from there, which is what I should have done anyway. Lesson learned. Family research deserves your full attention.
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