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Don Newcomb

Member Since 17 Oct 2006
Offline Last Active May 16 2019 08:19 PM

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In Topic: Unused Places List

12 May 2019 - 05:17 AM

I tend to keep properly georeferenced places and get rid of the "Under a tree" places. Sometimes the reason that the "under a tree" place is unused is because I corrected the location that cited it. 

In Topic: when a record is wrong.

12 May 2019 - 05:13 AM

I agree. I have found many documents, such as death certificates, that have inaccurate or variant spellings or data. The best approach is to try and find additional supporting documents. You can also use alternate names identified as variant spelling. I also use notes to explain the "probable" variances.


I just dipped my toe into the field of Jewish genealogy. I'm finding that one person may have a transliteration of their name from Yiddish, a transliteration from Hebrew and an Anglicization of the name, all different. Additionally they will sometimes use a family surname and sometimes use a patronymic. Makes Swedish genealogy look like a walk in the park.  

In Topic: when a record is wrong.

28 April 2019 - 09:50 AM

Not just transcriptions. I've been working with death certificates for a bunch of my family. They are among the most bogus original documents imaginable. About the only thing you can consider reliable is the date of death. Everything else is second hand. Anyone who might conclude from a study of death certificates that life expectancy has increased is deluding themselves by not understanding how often people lied about their ages. When informants didn't know something, they just made up and answer. 


All I can say is you have to keep careful notes.

In Topic: Release Date for RM8

28 April 2019 - 09:35 AM


I read somewhere RM8 would integrate facebook somehow. 


I hope that is not the sort of thing that RM8 is going to emphasize. There is so much fundamental genealogy that needs to be implemented (e.g. surname prefixes, doing something with proof analysis, etc) that it seems like a waste of time to worry about integrating with Facebook. 


I stayed with RM6 because I saw nothing worthwhile added in RM7. I'll pretty much have to update to RM8 but I hope it's not just for the sake of keeping up-to-date.

In Topic: marital status at death

09 April 2019 - 04:15 PM

I just add a note with the appropriate information.