APG-L ArchivesArchiver > APG > 2008-02 > 1203460678
From: Tom Jones <>
Subject: Re: [APG] Fw: GPS Evidence Analysis
Date: Tue, 19 Feb 2008 17:37:58 -0500
References: <02c501c8731b$700f9600$0302a8c0@MA> <003a01c8731f$94635f60$bd2a1e20$@com> <D0D2955B-0427-486C-A64B-E6D69BE4091D@theinsightworks.net><47BB518B.7040303@JonesResearchServices.com>
Make that first line say "I'm NOT sure you can resolve this conflict."
Tom Jones wrote:
> 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:
>> 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.
>> Philip Thorne
>> To unsubscribe from the list, please send an email to with the word 'unsubscribe' without the quotes in the subject and the body of the message
> To unsubscribe from the list, please send an email to with the word 'unsubscribe' without the quotes in the subject and the body of the message