Wednesday, September 18, 2013
And when we run into a problem in which everyone is NOT where they're supposed to be, when one census entry is missing and the other has wrong names and ages, and the necessary marriages just aren't there or involve the wrong people -- well, it can feel a lot like running full speed into a brick wall (even though Chris Staats makes a good case for abandoning that metaphor).
Citations and written reports and habits of skepticism are not about snobbery. They're more like genealogy insurance policies for that inevitable day when our ancestors enter the Dark Ages or otherwise suddenly become inscrutable.
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Harold Henderson, "The shock of the difficult," Midwestern Microhistory: A Genealogy Blog, posted 18 September 2013 (http://midwesternmicrohistory.blogspot.com : viewed [date]). [Please feel free to link to the specific post if you prefer.]