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10 February 2011

Don't Grab the First Match

Remember that there might be more than one person who fits the details of the person for whom you are looking. I was working on a George Butler, born in 1848 in Michigan, the son of a Benjamin Butler. Turns out there were two completely unrelated George Butlers born in Michigan in 1848, sons of Benjamin. To top it off, the Benjamins were born in 1820 or 1821 in the same state.

Look around when you locate a "match" and make certain there is not another "match" nearby. You may end up researching the wrong person if you are not careful.