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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.

I'm glad to know there are other people who are concerned with getting correct information, and not just filling up the blanks as fast as they can. I just had another one, too. A women died on a particular day (her husband died that day, correctly noted). However, this woman apparently remarried a year after her death.


I made a guesstimated death date (based on when her first husband's will went to probate, which was 6 years after he died) with comments explaining my decision. But I don't understand how it is that no one at all caught that.

I need to start making a list of questions for a trip to the Boston library. They apparently have a very good genealogy section, but you need to know what you're looking for.

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