Assessing Reliability of Information

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Assessing the reliability of information is a crucial and necessary step toward drawing genealogical conclusions. Researchers should never accept a piece of information as fact without first evaluating and analyzing it. This holds true for instances in which no known conflicting information exists, as well as when multiple pieces of information contradict each other. Researchers can use a variety of methods to help assess the reliability of information, and prove or disprove conclusions.

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