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As family historians, we use various types of historical records to link generations of our families together. In doing so, we often forget that these records were not created for genealogists. Many were created as a result of laws that were in effect years ago. To complete reasonably exhaustive research, we must consider the laws that affected the geographic areas where our research subjects lived, identify what records may have been created as a result of those laws, and consult the records with regard to our research subjects.
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