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15 June 2011

Double Check--It May Make a Difference

I just assumed that a genealogist I had known for ages had correctly transcribed a date from a Virginia land record correctly. When I reviewed the record myself the date had been transcribed 10 years incorrectly. In this case, the year made a difference as it was used in part of an estimate of someone's year of death.

We can all easily make mistakes. It pays to check--your own work as well as someone else's. Sometimes mistakes are minor and sometimes they are not.

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