In-depth Record Analysis: An Example from National Genealogical Society Quarterly


Most of us have probably encountered a situation where a record seems unusual. We may be tempted to overlook the problem, accept the information, and move on to other research. When George Findlen found duplicate entries in Catholic church records for what seemed to be the same baptism, marriage, and death, he didn’t just accept them and move forward. He continued to dig to try to make sense of the double entries. He looked not only at the records themselves, but at canon law, oral and local history, and additional sources.

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