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|Subject: Re: Puzzling out the errors||Date: 11/15/2012 1:59 PM|
|Author: pauleckler||Number: 716 of 852|
Hi Nancy. This is a common problem. The quality of genealogy posted on the internet varies widely. That is why you need to carefully review it and verify it before you accept it as fact.
Of course if what is posted is correct, it is often possible to get documentation of some sort. A birth certificate, census data, published obits, etc.
I have friends who get very frustrated because misinformation, once posted or published, can come back again and again as others find it and record it as fact. That is why it becomes important to document what you have and be able to come up with evidence that it is correct.
Clues from the internet on where to look for more information can be very helpful, but do not accept posted genealogies as fact until verified.
In my family, someone had guessed based on limited information where my gr-gr-gr-grandfather was born. The info was off by abt 20 miles and had no documentation, but I found it had been copied into over 60 on line genealogies on Ancestry. I posted a note on the surname board to try to stop the misinformation, but it will be out there for years to come until everyone gets the word.
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