Friday, June 28, 2013

The Complex Mind of the Genealogists

The life of the genealogist is exacting. One remembers dates, places, names, simply because of the detective work in process on the family. However, the researcher also has an additional blessing. They understand that the game is filled with errors.  After speaking with family members and learning how little they know or actually remember (and how inaccurate it is, oftentimes, generations), the first duty is to prove what they told you. This is done with census records and county records where the person resided, repeating the process every generation.  When you get to 1066 A. D., all that is left is the Domesday Book and that book only exists because William the Conqueror wanted to exact a tax on the common folk.

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