When I came across this family group in FamilySearch, I was immediately suspicious. Here are two screenshots. The first is from FamilySearch (as of 29 August 2021), while the second is from RootsMagic after I imported the family. This shows the various birthplaces of the 14 children listed. Take a minute to look at the… Continue reading Mistrust Online Trees
Prior to 1 July 1837, when civil registration began, the records of the various Church of England parishes in England & Wales were extremely important. By their nature, they did not record information about everybody within the parish.
One of the things I stress a lot is the need to check original documents. And yes, I know that is not always possible, but it is in the vast majority of cases. There are two huge reasons for this. One is so that you have evidence to back up your findings. The other is… Continue reading Always Check Originals
When you find a source, you need to put your best effort into interpreting it. I know that sounds obvious, but we often miss simple information, or don’t look at it in the right way. I had a situation very recently when, out of the blue, I had an email asking me how sure I… Continue reading Source Interpretation