Could One Detail Be Off?

Any record can have an incorrect detail. A clerk or a scribe can make an unintentional error for any of a number of reasons. This clerk in the 1840s confused the “former” names of two women involved in a court case with one of the other men being sued. It’s an honest and easy mistake to make.

A good analytical technique with any record is to ask yourself:

What if one detail in this record were incorrect? How would my research change? Is it possible one item is wrong?


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