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From: Tom Jones <>
Subject: Re: [APG] Fw: GPS Evidence Analysis
Date: Tue, 19 Feb 2008 17:00:43 -0500
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I'll leave it to others to speak for BCG, but I'm sure that you can
resolve this conflict. Your source for the one date is unclear but if
it's the abstract of the destroyed census you mention (probably with
unknown informant), it and the marriage record provide evidence of
differing qualities. Even so, if no other record throughout the man's
lifetime provides evidence suggesting his age, then you don't have any
corroboration. That may be a big "if," but it's true, then you don't
have enough evidence for a conclusion.

Whether it matters or not is another question. In some cases, knowing an
ancestor's age or birth date is crucial to identifying the person
correctly or linking the person to spouse or parents. I once had a
child-to-parent linkage hang on whether the man was born in 1841 (as his
family Bible, death certificate, gravestone, and pension application
specified) or in 1843 (as the record of a child with known parents
implied). For specifics, see the March 1996 NGSQ. ----- Tom

philip thorne wrote:
> Hello,
> Since we are talking about standards etc., and presenting information
> correctly even when there is conflicting information how do you write
> up the following.
> My grandfather has one date for his birth and another for his wedding
> certificate. I was joking with my cousin that he lied lowering the
> date of his birth because he was 23 years old than my grandmother.
> I thought perhaps there was an error by the person entering the info
> but nothing matches up even when offsetting the dates to try and find
> a match. I know that I have the right person because his father is
> listed on the marriage certificate.
> What would be the proper BCG way to present the findings? I have no
> way of resolving the conflicting evidence, so I can't have a credible
> conclusion or does it really mater? There are no census records for
> the island of Carriacou to check against (they were destroyed after
> the abstract was completed) and I have not found a death certificate
> and my only surviving uncle has Alzheimer's and can't tell me
> anything and I haven't been able to visit Carriacou to look for a
> tombstone and that is assuming that one exists and that I'd be able
> to find it.
> Thanks,
> Philip Thorne
> .
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