20 April 2007

Research: Working with dates

Lets talk about dates. No, not the yummy brown fruit or the social activity, but the years connected with our family history research.

From the UK comes a good article with many tips. While not specially geared to Jewish research, these are applicable to all research. Among the topics are dates in registers, calendar matters, checking handwriting and inks in registers.

"It is wise to exercise extreme caution and skepticism with information about dates in our family history research. Dates are more difficult to recall years after an event, and are more easily mistranscribed than other types of genealogical data. Therefore, one should evaluate whether the date was recorded at the time of the event or at a later date."

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