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Nov 12, 2021

“I Read It Online So It Must Be True”

The above title obviously is not true. There are many obvious fairy tales published online and sites containing claims of genealogy records seem to have more inaccuracies than most other types of web site.

Here is an example of one that I received in an email message today from a newsletter reader:

“I really appreciated you article a while back about peer reviewed work and including all assertions.

“I just discovered two separate examples, one on FamilySearch FamilyTree and the other on an Ancestry public tree. On the FamilySearch FamilyTree, someone added a new wife and her six children. The Ancestry tree had five additional children born and added to a young mother after her death.”

Reminder: Just because you read it online doesn’t make it true.  Keep that in mind as you search for information online.