You have been searching for records online. Great, isn’t it!!

And then, you find that someone transcribed the obituary for your great-great-grandfather! Wow, what a find!

The transcription is there, but there is no mention of the source of the obit. Did it come from the newspaper close to where your relative lived? Did it come from the church newsletter? Did it come from “out of thin air”? Which one?

Be careful where there is no source listed. There is no way to know for sure that the information is “real” unless there is a source. And, even though there is a source, check out the source! The source may have been “created” too!

Maggie

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