Sep. 29, 2003 Update:  I did my annual review of my links page and ended up deleting some, adding some, and just checking out who is keeping their information updated.  I don't know of any page devoted just to Casto genealogy but there are some interesting sites out there.

I'd like to add a word here that more experienced researchers may know but some newer people may not have yet learned.  Do not believe everything you find on the internet about your family, just because someone says it is so.   If a site lists actual census records, that's good, although there were a LOT of mistakes made by census takers.  If someone lists your great-grandmother was born in 1871, instead of 1868 like you always thought, ask WHY and then try and find the correct answer through death records, obits, cemetery records, or a family bible.  Don't dismiss your own information just because you are new to this and accept what someone else tells you.  Question everything!  Even a site like the Mormon Genealogy Library, known throughout the world for its vast collection of data, has gotten much from unproven donations of information. 

One last piece of advice.  Write down where you found that date or name.  As you gather more and more information on your family, you will forget that "favorite" web site and what excited you on a day in July, 2000 will be long forgotten in 2003.  Web sites come and go, addresses change (
Casto Connections has had 3 web addresses itself!), and you just may not find that information again.  But, and this is the important part, if one person found that name or date, you should be able to find it, too!  While you have their e-mail address, don't hesitate to ask for their source.  If they say they "found it on the internet", then they didn't do the original research.  That doesn't make for reliable genealogy.  Don't just add names to see how many you can gather--these are your ancestors and they deserve more respect than that.  Are you researching your family's roots or just filling up a database?



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