It is so exciting to find a family member in a database! Perhaps you find a gem in someone else’s online family tree, or an ancestor’s name pops up on a passenger list, or birth or death record. WOW!
However tempting it may be to take what you find at face value, it is important to verify all information. Check everything you can check.
Do your best to make sure that you’re not following a false positive.
Disclaimer: I copied this from last year's A to Z Challenge. It is always pertinent.