For this month's Genealogy Blog Party, tell us about a mistake you've made in your genealogy research, how you discovered it, and ultimately, how you solved it.The point, of course, is for others to learn from the mistakes you made, so they don't have to learn it the hard way.
Instead of just one, I'll admit to having made a handful of mistakes.
1) The first one is illustrated by two photographs of the same gravestone. Front and Back.
Do you notice anything unusual?
Yes! They were taken in different seasons. (Leaves had fallen in the photograph on the right.)
Just like a photograph, a tombstone has a backside. Make sure you look.
2) Here's another mistake I made in a cemetery. You may be searching for one tombstone in particular, but don't be in such a hurry that you don't look around at neighboring stones.
[My own camera alerted me to my mistake, but only after I got home. Cissie Newmark Gold was a daughter of Samuel and Rose.]
3) Don't upload private information to a public database
That pretty much goes without saying, but I did so without realizing it, and correcting the mistake wasn't simple. Not only did I have to remove the data from the entry, I had to remove the cached pages on multiple search engines. Each search engine has different procedures for removing a page.
4) Keep an open mind to the possibility that you have transcribed a document incorrectly
I've made other mistakes, but that's enough for now.