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05 October 2014

Was it Germane?

When considering the reliability of information in any record, court testimony, deposition, or affidavit, consider what aspect of the information were really important to the case or situation at hand and which aspects were not. If a couple has been married for over ten years and is getting divorced, does the judge really care if they were married in April of 1823 or March of 1823? If the couple had no children until June of 1824, whether the date was in April of March of 1823 really doesn't matter to the court. It may matter to the genealogist, but that's a separate issue.

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