Conclusions Can Be Revised

Way back in 2003, I thought I had “figured out” an 1860 census entry with a few irregular entries. I even had a list of reasons why my conclusion was correct.

Flash forward to 2012. In attempting to “redo” the research, I reached a different conclusion about the 1860 census entry–one that meant I had more work to do.

Genealogical conclusions are always subject to new information, new procedures, and the potential that a misinterpretation was made along the way. Don’t be afraid to revise.

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2 thoughts on “Conclusions Can Be Revised

  1. Patty Gilbert

    I know, sometimes we have to wait 4 that light bulb to go off. I ‘ve even stared at my answers not realizing they r right in front of me. Then go back lack later & think why had’t seen this be4. Sometimes my brain doesn’t process information until later either. I feel better now knowing some of the information you provided to help me along. Thank u.

  2. Jane Coryell

    I’ve done this a time or two. Often, I have learned something else that’s relevant, and it makes a difference. This is why I go over and over my trees. Something always becomes clear.


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