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Posted by: Joyce (ID *****7344) Date: January 16, 2005 at 12:41:00
In Reply to: Re: HOW TO VERIFY POCAHONTAS DATA? by Leon Slate of 1081

I had photocopies of civil war papers on my Gr-Gr-Grandfather telling where and how he was killed. This was "proof"! Problem is, it turns out, this man fought for the south.... and as I learned later, ours fought for the north!

Surely you contradict yourself.
You didn’t have proof that you had information on your g/g/g/father.
You had p/copies of a person with the same name and for a while you assumed that he was the man you were searching for. The PROOF was in that you knew facts [from another unquoted source] which proved you had the wrong man.
Had you not known this then you would have 'adopted' a stranger into the family
If you eventually wrote up your family history and quoted your sources then at a later date they could be checked, and in the case the connection would be found to be erroneous.

Re the commencement of this chain
Quote…………… Hello to everyone, I'm new to the board and have a question on how or who is considered to be the authority on verifying a family tree. I recently investgated a family tree passed down in my family claiming decendancy from Pocahontas and within a couple of days work on the net found every ancestor listed.
Is there a recognized authority who can review and verify the data?

I can't lay my hands on the exact magazine at the moment but there is an article a NGS [?] magazine which I think would benefit any aspiring genealogist.
It sets out what can be deemed as primary sources, and secondary sources and how to evaluate them. If these suggestions are followed then perhaps the 'authority' might be the researcher.
To find information on the web, and to accept it is very dangerous.
Just look at the LDS family search site to see how misinformation can be sent around the world. I only use the site to gain access to the original [copies/ transcripts] of the parish registers. Anything submitted only by a 'patron' I would never accept until I can verify its authenticity in parish register.
It is from these very records {IGI} that so much misinformation has been spread.

Links with Pocahontas have very few primary sources, ie those written during her lifetime, there are secondary sources written within 100 years of her death, and a whole lot of wishful thinking written since 1800
I have followed up the claims of British royalty whom I can prove are not related to Pocahontas. However if you heard, or read this illustrious person making the claim would you accept it in good faith?, or check it out as I did?

However, who am I to say anything about your research techniques, for you are entitled to believe what you will.

So I will let my research be judged in the future by always checking my sources and those given by others, and believe in 'Without proof there is no truth.'

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