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21 August 2011

One Document--Many Statements

Remember that one document, a death certificate for example, may contain many statements. Those statements (about the birth, the parents, the date of death, the place of death, burial, cause of death, etc.) are not necessarily made by the same people. Each statement must be evaluated separately as the informant might not have been equally "informed" about every statement which they gave.

1 comment:

  1. When I look at the death certificates I usually consider the informaiton about parents to be better with the eldest sibling .

    If it is the youngest they might now know the information and give what they think is correct.

    The information given for my great grandfather by his wife proved to be correct. The information given by the youngest child for my great grandmother proved to be partially correct.