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26 September 2009

Write down every assumption

Have you gone through your information on a family and written down every assumption you made about them? This basically covers every thing you don't have a document for.

Assumptions are not necessarily wrong. You just need to remember that you made them and determine what your reason was for making them.

1 comment:

  1. Amen!

    Assumption: Mary Patrick met and married Robert Dickie in Ayreshire then emigrated to southern Illinois.

    Why? Because they came from a coal town and went to a coal town. And Mary was said to speak Scots, a surviving form of Old English (not Gaelic) still current in that area. BUT no evidence of her marriage in Scotland.

    Turns out Mary Patrick had come to America as a child with her parents. The same evidence applies, different interpretation. :)