Today’s Tip: A good genealogist is an open-minded skeptic!
I had a very good thing happen to me yesterday that caused me to want to write this tip.
I was cruising along on a branch of my family. My grandmother’s sister. I had met her, I spent time with her. I really liked her. I had heard a few family legends about her. Thought I pretty much had this one nailed down before I even started.
Then ….. a cousin asked me to ‘find out’ about her son. New information, new background, but nothing too startling. Still thought I had this one pretty well nailed down.
There was something about the marriage license for this Aunt that caused me to pause. Beyond the marriage license, I could never find a trace of the father. I knew from my Aunt he left their lives quickly, so again, I was still pretty certain I had this one nailed down.
In my efforts to find evidence to document this individual, I requested his birth certificate. Hated to do it, as my option being out of town was fairly expensive, but also very quick. So in the interest of QUALITY I ordered it up.
It came. The father is a different man! Not the man on the marriage license from three years earlier. Not a name I had ever seen or heard of! But there it was, on the certified birth record. As they say “Things that make you go Hummm?”
So I got taught a lesson. I had let myself lose a bit of my mantra of being an open-minded skeptic. But my quest for QUALITY in this case is bringing me clarity and accruacy!
So keep that open mind! Be a skeptic! They will both serve you and your efforts well!
Now to find that father …….
Onward To Our Past,