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From: "Alice Phillips" <>
Subject: Re: [APG] Evaluating and revising
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2008 08:52:28 -0400
It is helpful to those of us who have been researching lo these many years
to know that the Rev. David McDonald and Elizabeth Mills also have
incomplete source citations in their early work. Thank you both for sharing
this with the rest of us. Another reason to add to the list of why both of
you are so respected in our field.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Rev. David McDonald" <>
Sent: Monday, July 14, 2008 8:39 AM
Subject: [APG] Evaluating and revising
>I am embarrassed to admit how many citations in my personal database,
>dating from my earliest research, are inadequate. "IGI, Yorkshire," or "US
>Census," or better still, "personal knowledge" pervade my earliest
> One of the pieces of great fun for me, long after the era of finding a new
> great-grandparent's entire ancestry back to the seventeenth century has
> past, is revising earlier guesses and conclusions that I had based upon
> evidence that I now realize is not sound.
> Elizabeth's point about reevaluation is absolutely sound: all of us, and
> our work, are well-served, when we recognize the possibility that early
> results may not stand up to long-term scrutiny. At this stage in my
> researching life, I derive enormous pleasure out of proving more
> thoroughly my own conclusions, disproving flawed assumptions made by me or
> by others, or in making the connection and supporting my conclusions on
> families that had previously been unresolved.
> Rev. David McDonald, CG(sm)*
> *"CG" & "Certified Genealogist" are service marks of the Board for
> Certification of Genealogists, and are used by authorized associates
> following periodic, peer-reviewed competency evaluations. Certificate No.
> 452, expires 19 April 2009.
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