A collection of historical and genalogical records
Wikipedia has it's fans and it's detractors. The on-line encyclopaedia will be 10 years old in 2011, and has in that time become a major reference for researchers in all fields of discovery.
Because Wkipedia can be edited by anyone, it is prone to pranksters and to the spread of mis-information. However, it is still a very useful resource.
Anyone doing serious research is advised to use alternative sources to verify the information. However, Wikipedia itself offers an opportunity for people to question, or challenge, the information they find on its pages.
I have just been looking at the Clan Douglas page. This page title in itself is a question - is there such an entity as 'Clan Douglas'? Should it be 'House of Douglas'? or just 'Douglas Family'?
One of the topics on that page is the question of who should be the clan chief. Of course, if the Douglases are not a clan, then they cannot have a clan chief!
Debates about these topics, and others, can be found on the 'Talk' or 'Discussion' page. if you are using Wikipedia as a research resource, be sure to check out the Discussion page. There is one for every topic. It is also worth looking at the 'History' page where you will be able to find details of changes that have been made to the article.
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