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Check, check and check again

Posted: 1355478968000
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May I remind everyone out there how important it is to check your information, cross reference it if at all possible and always look at the original document if you can.("view the original") I have been doing family research for more years than I care to think about, (since the days before 'Ancestry', when the only way to search was to go to the relevant record office and pore over dusty volumes and microfilm) and I am still amazed at how many people 'publish' their information on sites such as this one - clearly without having confirmed that its correct. I cite several trees on this site which I have had cause to look at, with dates of death for people who I have found alive on the following Census, 'births' to women who would definitely be 'past it' and so on. Errors in names, such as taking the transcribed Census entry as gospel, and not checking to see what it really said - the list goes on, and some of the mistakes I have seen are just carelessness.
Take some time to review your information and check dates, and check and check again - things are not always as they seem.
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