Sunday, February 6, 2011

Here a George, There a George, Everywhere a George?

The two George Butlers born in Michigan in 1848--the problem is that both of them also are listed as having a father named Benjamin Butler. The image below compares entries for both men from the FamilySearch site. The George on the left's information comes from the Iowa Deaths and Burials (1850-1990) and the one on the right comes from the Michigan Deaths and Burials (1880-1995).
If they had used their middle initial on each and every document it would have made things easier. But the problem is larger than that.

Middle initials can be wrong and there is always the chance that these entries, which are transcriptions from original sources, are partially wrong.

We'll discuss them in the next issue of Casefile Clues and see how it looks like this "new" George (the one on the right) does not change my initial conclusions about the George on the left.

However, it is important to constantly be on the lookout for new information and to be constantly evaluating the information you have.

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