You have been researching one branch of your family and cannot locate Uncle Bob’s origins. You located several possibilities and decided to explore a few of these. One of the possibilities is a GEDCOM file you located. From the information you found about this GEDCOM it may be Uncle Bob’s family. What do you do now?
Verify all the facts before you add this information to your research. Are there sources you can check? If there are no sources, use any clues provided with this GEDCOM to locate a legitimate source.
Do not pass on this information from the website until you have validated all of the information. If you imported the GEDCOM to your own genealogy software without validating it you will have definite problems that cannot be corrected. I hope you have a backup. The best solution is to import it to your genealogy software as a separate database name. You can then check it and ensure it is correct information.
Do not add the bad information to the Internet by recycling it to your website, familysearch.org or ancestry.com. I came across my own genealogy on ancestry.com that was recycled from an unknown source. I contacted the individual and asked them to correct it. I never heard back from this individual.
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