I have been reading thru all the controversy regarding the Barnett claim to Pocahontas. It isn't needed for me to present my credentials nor do I question the credentials of others. I believe that for young people to seek their ancestry is to be applauded and commended. "It is said that He who does not look back to his ancestry will not look forward to posterity." I know that one should document, document, document but I also believe one should credit what grandma and great grandma said. It has been my experience there is a grain of truth in the old stories. Our families would not lie or fabricate. Great Grandma heard the story when she was a child, then when she is 70 years old, she tells her grandchild what she knows but with years of living and fading memory in between and so it goes... But back in the beginning of it all was the truth and a little of it remains generations past! The first rule of genealogy I was taught - take your tape recorder and go listen to grandma - record what the oldsters say and then set about proving it. They are survivors of times past and history is told by such. This is called oral history and in ancient ways that was oftentimes all a culture had to preserve their roots.
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