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14 August 2013

Are You Trusting Your Cousin's Transcription?

If someone emails you a transcription of a document, do you try and get an image or a copy of the original? While it is not always possible to view the original, if the document is "crucial" to your research, contains information not located anywhere else, or is inconsistent with other materials, it may be worth your while to get a copy of the actual record and read it for yourself.

Unless you are entirely certain your cousin interpreted correctly. Everyone is human and occasionally makes a mistake.

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