Thursday, January 31, 2013

Evaluating Evidence

An important tool every genealogist needs is the ability to evaluate the evidence they find. Sometimes the records give you a hint that everything may not be correct.

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FamilySearch indexed the "name" of the three year old as "Name not recollected by Father" which appears to be correct although Ancestry.com has indexed the third word as "u cothche." The "name" of the one year old is the same.
I wonder what else he couldn't recollect that day?

11860 U.S. census, Covington County, Alabama, population schedule, [blank], p. 20, dwelling/family 129, John Cooper household; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 31 January 2013); citing NARA microfilm publication M653, roll 7.