The Record Might Not Be Wrong

Genealogical researchers are reminded to be aware that any record can contain an incorrect piece of information. That’s true. A document can contain 15 pieces of information and 14 of them can be totally correct and that one last piece can be a mistake.


Don’t conclude immediately that something is wrong just because it looks off. Make certain that:

  • You have the correct person.
  • You’ve transcribed the item correctly.
  • You have a good clear image of the record.
  • You are understanding all the terminology in the record.
  • The other information you have about the person is correct.