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Research a la pitfalls

Article by Boggy49

I have worked on my Family Genealogy for five years now, since I got it from my ailing Aunt. What I found is a lot of miss spellings of names, poor research on the part of researchers, bad dates and the list goes on. I have found that keeping good records and affirm with copies of legal documantation, ie. birth and death certificates. Don't take anothers' research as gospel in your research. I spent 3 of those five years looking for the parents of a 5 gen grandfather's parents, It was exhausting to a point of quitting. I got everything I could find on this Grandfather, but I didn't spend the time to really look at what I had. One day I decide to really look at what I had and low and behold I was slapped in the face with a Death Certificate and the name of his parents. After that I found his parent, but then another pitfall. The next generation's name was changed and the next from that. Remember Genealogy is nothing more than putting peices of a puzzle together.

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on 2010-08-27 10:48:29

Boggy49 has been a Family Tree Circles member since Aug 2010. is researching the following names: MYERSANDDAVIS, MYERS, DAVIS.

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by dj_webb18 on 2011-09-22 19:31:38

That's exactly what genealogy is, a big and never ending jigsaw puzzle, and as with any jigsaw if the pieces that you've fitted together seem like they don't quite fit then that's probably because they don't fit!
It's also astonishing how family histories can be passed down from generation to generation, sometimes for 200+ years, and then someone today does a little digging and finds out it's all been wrong all that time.

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