How seriously do you take the accuracy, that is, the reality, of the genealogy and family history information you gather and record in your ‘family tree’ or computer data base for your family information? This is an ongoing question for most of us, as Springfield family history and genealogy researchers, who take on or assume the role of family historian. When you visit the Local History and Genealogy Department at the Springfield-Greene County Library and find and record information, such as births, deaths, or marriages, about your family, how much attention do you pay to differences, inconsistencies, and simple changes of the way names are spelled, from record to record?
Some recent conversations I have been reading online regarding this very issue give rise to the title I chose for this article – for your benefit in your Springfield research. Michael Hait first wrote, recently, about this issue of whether a fact is a fact or whether it is a conclusion. Then in order to help many of us understand his position a little better, which it did for me, he wrote about simple and complex conclusions. If you are still with me here, and are still interested, be sure to read the comments on both blog posts. Often, as I have said here before, the comments are at least as interesting as the blogs; and be sure to click on the links in each article.
Finally, Randy Seaver, another geneablogger I read regularly, because of his distinctive insights, has an interesting post, continuing a couple of useful discussions, on conclusion-based versus evidence-based research and reporting of family history information. Let me know what you think on these issues. They are fundamental to how we do our family history and genealogy research here in Springfield. I hope you found these discussions useful.
On a personal note: I’ve begun to write a new series of web post on Squidoo.com that are called lenses – they will be on a variety of topics. See the link below on Dr. Bill Tells Exciting Stories. Let me know what you think, from time to time. Do your other interests match mine, or are they different??
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