Monday, April 8, 2019

The Errors in Genealogical Research

The Errors in Genealogical Research

Stage Performances 1930s Atlanta Journal

Although researchers strive to discover actual facts concerning times, places and dates of their ancestors, it seems as though there is always a flaw somewhere. The further that we go into the past, there are inconsistencies. This is when the genealogist transforms into a "detective" who searches for the smallest of nuances which fit into historical facts. The whole thing is to understanding why people moved about so frequently, where they were when they married, and what happened to all of the children. A family seat in America does not compare to one in Great Britain, for example, where families resided on the same lands for generations. The nobility kept their estates in tact for hundreds of years. Judging by the large parcels of land which comprised Virginia plantations, there appears to have been somewhat of an attempt to do this, however, tobacco stripped the land of its nutrients, and fields had to go unseeded for years. As more and more land was required, only the eldest son remained on the estate while his siblings moved on. But we not only have our own mistakes, but the mistakes of others. Thus, when receiving the research of others, it becomes necessary to carefully examine all of the resources provided. 

Index to Georgia Wills-See Names of your Ancestors

Online Genealogy

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