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03 April 2014

Where Did Grandma Get Her Information?

Grandma "knew" where and when she was born because she was told by someone, not because she remembered.

That's something you should remember every time you see a place of birth given for someone that's provided by someone who was not there at the birth.

And it can be even worse if the person providing the information on Grandma's place of birth wasn't even born until Grandma was near middle aged.

1 comment:

  1. Bible records that were kept during the time of births were always the best way to find information on family dates. Bibles used to be an important source of records for marriages, baptisms, divorces, and births. Not so any more. I would venture to say most don't even own a Bible today or have one in their family! Sad. I found cemeteries to be a good source as well but one of my great grandfather's birthdate was wrong on his. Obits are great also.