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Posted by: Joyce (ID *****7344) Date: February 08, 2005 at 09:42:47
In Reply to: Re: HOW TO VERIFY POCAHONTAS DATA? by Leon Slate of 1081

Thought for the day.
Unless you were a witness to the conception of a child then no information can be 100% proven.

It is a wise man that knows his own father!
Or even his mother in times past as bastard children where often taken in by the parents and raised as their own
This was still happening in the 1900's.

Primary sources are our best guides but nothing is 100%, which is why serious genealogists try to get 3 pieces of information to verify a fact.
[Though this is often not possible]
I would place more faith in a will, or certificate than the source being 'granny said we were descended from xx', or the just copying on family trees via the internet.

My reason for being on this forum was to HELP.... but obviously you do not need me, perhaps others might.

I am also trying to discover the true origins of the early settlers.And no, I don't claim any relationship for myself.

My interest is 17th C English emigration from a social and economic angle of why, how, and where from.
Their lives and occupations.
I check the various primary sources, and like to have contact with people who may be descended from early emigrants.
Hence my need to know where they obtained their information.

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