I am interested in finding out how you use these resources.
For me, the shaky leaves are useful because sometimes they turn up new collections that are provided that I am not aware of. Thus the records that are found can be saved, analyzed and the information contained in those records then added to my own family tree, if pertinent.
Also, the shaky leaves provide trees from other subscribers. This is the "Danger Zone." Many genealogists of all sizes and stripes complain about many of these trees because they are copies of the work of others and many are unsourced.
My Advice - "USE THESE TREES ONLY AS HINTS AND NEVER COPY TO YOUR OWN TREE, PERIOD." I always treat this newly found information only as a hint and perform my own analysis. Then I add to my tree outside of the ancestry site.
I use the shoebox as a temporary holding place for newly found information that has been turned up via searches. I also have a "Current Genealogy Research" folder on my PC that holds other newly found records. Unfortunately this becomes a mish mash of disparate records that I have to remember to process later. If I have a research plan for a specific ancestor or family then the information is processed immediately. But I do not always have a research plan, so this folder and the Shoebox grows and grows. Thus I admit that I am a tad bit disorganized vis a vis the analysis and processing of these new records.
I would encourage everyone to read the help section in the ancestry.com site and make sure that you are taking full advantage of the "Shaky Leaves" and "Shoebox" capabilities availaible on the site.
So - let's see how you use these resources. And please be honest. I have a feeling that I am not the only "disorganized" researcher out there.
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Thanks for taking this poll. I am interested in the results and hopefully the responders will be honest. I will publish the results in about 30 days, but you can always view the results yourself by returning to this page.