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27 October 2014

Extractions Should Include Context

It's not always practical or possible to completely transcribe every record used in your genealogy. However any extraction should always include enough context so that what is extracted makes sense and does not mislead you or another person who uses your extract. A recent posting to Rootdig.com ("Dead Men Swear in Mercer County")  gives a simple example of how taking some of a document out of context could create problems.

Hopefully readers wouldn't extract the way we did in that example, but it still makes a good point.

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