Was there a “Reason” for the Lie in the Record?

It can be frustrating to find a record that contains an apparent lie. Before we assume a piece of information or a statement on a record is truly a “lie,” it is important to think about what we know and how accurate our original information is. Are we certain that piece of information really is a lie–or is there something we don’t know or are we the one who is misinformed? Did the person really lie or were they just confused and misunderstood the question? Did the person just guess?

If they did lie, did they do it to protect someone or to protect themselves? Did they lie to “keep peace” with living family members?

It is said there are two sides to every story. Sometimes there are more than that.