05 June 2012

Assumptions vs Working Theories - The Good and the Bad


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This article posted on the Olive Tree Genealogy Blog reminds us to be very careful about what we “assume” a piece of data is telling us and that it’s critical to do more research!

It concludes ...

The bottom line is that unless you find proof, it's only guesswork. And genealogy is about facts and truth, not guesses. Guesses based on a record you found are important to aid you in developing a working theory but you still must prove (or disprove) that theory. 


There is probably not a person amongst us who at some time has “assumed” a fact not in evidence which later was disproved!  Share your best example of a faulty assumption and what the “truth” ended up being.






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