Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

18/11/2004

Family Legends, True or False. And How Do I Solve Them?

Betty Barbour, club member, led this meeting by giving examples from her own family lines and from those of others. She pointed out that family legends are stories that you heard of probably as a child which may or may not be true. Most of these legends have at least a kernel of truth to them, and it is up the genealogist to be a detective and search for the facts.

Betty emphasized the use of census records as one of the first places to go. Often the census records will reveal that a person was born in a place other than what you thought. One tradition was that a grandmother was born in Ireland, but census records revealed otherwise. Once you can determine locality and time you can search in other sources such as passenger lists.

January 25, 1999

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