New member introducing myself

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Hi club house! I'm new to this and interested in WNY
WikiTree profile: Charles Womeldorf
in The Tree House by Charles Womeldorf G2G Crew (430 points)
retagged by Karen Lowe
Could you expand a little on your interest is WNY? It could be short for Western New York, is that what you meant?

There are nine others listed at WikTree with the Womeldorf surname.

Don't be reluctant to ask questions.
Yes, I'm from Western NY and moved to New England in 2003. I'm interested in Buffalo's history

Welcome, Charles! I'm adding the tag New_York to your introduction to draw the attention of other folks from the New York project.

I am thirteen years and nearly 15,000 people into this great, fun, fulfilling Family Genealogy adventure. Several things you need to pay very careful attention to.

Become intimately familiar with your program - don't 2nd guess anything, because it WILL get you into deep trouble (voice of experience). It is exceedingly difficult to correct some errors you might make, due to intertwining of the names you enter. I use a very user-friendly program called Family Treemaker 2019. However, I erred by not printing the manual before I was FAR into my file. 

Run and become familiar with "reports" early-on. I abused the "Notes" capability, not knowing how it would affect me later. I ended-up with dozens of useless pages in my report! I've spent the past three weeks making "corrections". On the up-side, I've found some new data - always good news.

DO NOT, ever, fully trust just one source. In five Census records alone, you could find four different spellings of a name. Take a close look at Census records - you could be showing a cousin in the household as one of the family's children. Or, aunty Jane as mother Jane. Apparently, Ancestry has scanned the Census records through an OCR program without any sort of "validation" step. Although they are great launching pads, they are exceedingly, full of errors! Always hope to find a findagrave.com record, because it generally has a photo of someone's gravestone, and often an obituary and family notations. 

Don't fully trust somebody else's genealogy file; rather, use it as another great launchpad. They are generally correct, but I have frequently found grossly inaccurate data there. You'll once-in-a-while find truly delightful files full of good sourcing. Sometimes, someone is just dabbling and not exerting serious research.

Speaking of Sourcing: study, learn, study, learn. Trust me, there are WRONG ways to enter them.

Have a blast - but, know that you can become an addict!

By-the-way, if you find yourself becoming weary or distracted, shut-it-down!

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Welcome, Charles! You'll find this is a pretty friendly community. Post in this forum any time you have questions.
by Mindy Silva G2G6 Pilot (612k points)
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familysearch.org has a Charles E. Womeldorf born in Buffalo, New York on 30 December 1932. He was a resident of Buffalo, New York until 19 May 2009. Would he be an ancestor?
by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.3m points)
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Hi Charles.  Welcome to WikiTree, and thank you for introducing yourself in the g2g forum.

Mindy is correct.  This is a very friendly place and I think you are going to fit right in.
by Cheryl Hess G2G Astronaut (1.6m points)
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Welcome to WikiTree, Charles!
by Chandra Garrow G2G6 Mach 5 (55.3k points)

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