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Re: Weatherwax forfathers
Posted by: Wayne Weatherwax (ID *****9675) Date: October 01, 2003 at 15:10:55
In Reply to: Re: Weatherwax forfathers by Mary Anne Meyer of 722

Mary Ann
When you refer to the LDS be more specific. Are you referring to an IGI file, a US Census record, or simply a family file submitted by a LDS church member. LDS,I.G.I. files and member submitted files may not be accurate, unless it refers to a specific batch or microfilm record number. If there is no source given always question the record, and find a source yourself.
Even within the US Census you will find errors. You need to look a succeeding Census records to evaluate age,place of birth etc. Many time the census enumerator, would get info from a neighbor, or families were very reluctant to give accurate information .
If I didnt know that my great grandfather had a unusal first name "Cassius" ,and who he married I would never have found him in the 1870,1880 census where he was listed as "Cassin" Weatherwax, but 2 families down on the census were his future wife, and her parents. Also remember there were many johns,josephs etc, many times middle initials only show up once or twice in existing records.
I have the complete CD set of USC 1880; I willlook at it. since this is not in my direct line Ill have to refresh my memory.
by the way LDS I.G.I. files with a batch number usually indicate that this record was from a microfilm project of original records, and is usually an accurate source. If there is no batch number or film listed then always question the accuracy.
Wayne


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