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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Good sources vs. Bad sources

Get the facts: compare the facts
Some sources are better than others. The legitimate ones are census and county records. A very bad source to ever use the the D. A. R. applications as they reek with errors and the generations are a tangled mess.  Especially during the 1920s and 30s.  Initially, this well-intending organization was more of a social club in Georgia than anything else, but you need a revolutionary war ancestor to get accepted.  Despite the applications, they have done a good job gathering information.  There are other published genealogies which provide weak references, such as letters from relatives.  Although it is wonderful to have old letters, we still need to document their comments with real records, such as court house records, church records, tombstone, etc.

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