Sunday, May 4, 2008

Know where you're going, and where they went

"I waited 7 hours in Chicago for a 15 minute flight. Had I known South Bend was so close to Chicago I could have easily taken a bus and arrived in plenty of time to relax and prepare for the seminar the following morning."

Geoff Rasmussen, posting at the genealogy database program Legacy's blog, makes the best of his 21st-century misadventures en route to a presentation at the Elkhart County (Indiana) Genealogical Society, and turns them into a pertinent reminder that genealogy without geography can result in delays of decades, not hours. Besides, you've gotta love a genealogy program with a geographical anachronism alert: it tells you when you've typed in the name of a county that didn't exist yet in that year!

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