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31 January 2015

Are You Using an Original or a Compiled Record?

Any record that is an extract or a transcript of the original can easily contain errors. Extract can have omissions. A reader reminded me that the compiled military service records at the National Archives are not original records---but are in fact compiled or derivative materials.

Anything that's not the original is not the original and may contain errors or omissions.

1 comment:

  1. I have my ancestors Compiled Military Service Record. Can I orders copies of the original or would I have to visit the National Archives?