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November 03, 2011

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I learned the hard way how important it is to record EXACTLY what you have searched and why and record all negative findings. I do use the To-Do list to keep track of everything I want to search but I not only record negative results there but also record the negative results in a narrative form under the research tab. When I am working on a particular person, it is easier for me to get the big picture if all of the research notes are in one place for me to review.

Great tip, Geoff. Thanks. I am finding out the hard way that not leaving a thorough research trail results in retreading old paths.

Geoff, watching the Webinar I am curious about the Nathan birth record that says the mother is Ruth instead of Rebecca. What I am wondering is about the apparent crossing out of Ruth on the record! Was that done on the original record to indicate the name was incorrect? Is there an addendum saying Ruth is actually Rebecca?

Hi Thomas,

I just double checked the image of the birth record and I see what you mean about it appearing like it is crossed out. I'm not sure it was intentionally crossed out but there's no way for me to know exactly. If the name had been intentionally crossed out I would have liked to have seen a different name written in but I don't see that. There is so much about this birth record that is not conclusive. I hope to do some further research so that I *can* conclusively say that it was an error. I'll have to have another look at the microfilm to see if there is an addendum as you mention. This isn't one as far as I am aware. Great questions! Thanks for asking them.

Marian Pierre-Louis

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