- The major purpose of the
Waldack Family Association is to collect and share the work of many
dedicated researchers who, individually have perhaps researched only a
portion of the Waldack lineage, but together we collectively hope to be
able to record the entire Waldack lineage!
- This can only be
accomplished if people like yourself share information. In the true
spirit of all good amateur genealogists, those who receive benefit from
the research of others should always reciprocate with information of
their own. You have probably found a wealth of new information on these
pages, so in return we ask that you share any corrections or additions
that you have.
- Well, even though we are a
group of "amateurs", that doesn't mean that the quality of our work must
necessarily be "amateur". Remember, we said that our goal is to collect
and share the entire Waldack lineage. This will never be attained if we
are sloppy - nobody would be able to trust the quality of our data!
- So we ask that you conform
to this simple standard: Always specify the source of your information!
There are many possible kinds of sources: church records, cemetery
records, birth/death/marriage certificates, census records, etc. If an
interview with grandma was your source then it's ok, just say so.
Genealogists consider the best sources to be those closest to the actual
event. A marriage certificate is a direct source; a compilation of
marriage records printed in a book is a secondary source, which is not
quite as good since transcription errors do happen. But nobody expects
every detail to be substantiated by direct sources. After all, we're all
amateurs in this group and none of us have the time to trace down every
church record (even if that were possible). Realistically, we all work
mostly with printed secondary sources.
- There are very good reasons
why we ask for source information. Firstly, it will make our data much
more trustworthy and therefore much more useful to others (and to
generations to come). But just as important: if a conflict arises (and
they always do), we must have a way to "break the tie" and determine
which facts are more reliable.
- But, please don't be
afraid to contribute whatever you've got - we'd rather have
information without source documentation rather than have no data at
HOW TO CONTRIBUTE INFORMATION
- If you have only a
small bit of new information or small corrections, then the simplest
method is to simply email your corrections/additions. Please email it to
Felix Waldack at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
- If you have a
large volume of data to contribute, then the submission of a GEDCOM file
may be the best method. But please use this method only when really
necessary, as we will need to laboriously go through your GEDCOM
person-by-person comparing your information to that already in our
database (we can't simply "add" your GEDCOM or we could end up with
duplicate ancestors in the database!). If you have exclusively new
individuals to add (not corrections), then if at all possible it would
be best if you could create a GEDCOM file with just the new individuals.
- If email is
difficult or impossible for you, then regular snail-mail will work just
as well. Print your additions and corrections and mail them to:
The Waldack Family Association
Jozef Van De Veldestraat 7
B-9270 Laarne, BELGIUM
Be sure to include
your return mail address, and preferably a phone number, so that we can
contact you with any possible questions (these always seem to come up!).