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Re: Source: Personal Knowledge
Posted by: Ruth Mickelson (ID *****9346) Date: August 18, 2002 at 15:58:50
In Reply to: Source: Personal Knowledge by Ken Healy of 11492

Personal knowledge is a good source. However, I know of many things I have lived through that somehow the dates are not exactly correct in my mind, or the place is not where I recall it to be. Personal knowledge should still be backed up with documentation, and used only as a secondary source.
I know I even slipped up on my own brother and sister's birth (yes, I was old enough to actually BE THERE) and yet I got the places reversed in my database as my "recollection" was not exactly correct. I had to get their birth certificates to prove it correctly as my mother hadn't written some of the details in their baby books.
My 2-cents worth. :)

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