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xejn
30 June 2007, 03:54 PM
I am finding the that children do a terrible job as reporters on death certificates.

For example:

SVass
02 July 2007, 06:16 PM
[QUOTE=xejn]I am finding the that children do a terrible job as reporters on death certificates.

AE Palmer
02 July 2007, 09:11 PM
I am finding the that children do a terrible job as reporters on death certificates.

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Michael

My two cents:

Record the information as is. Then add a note that says something to the effect that the data contained within is in error -- and this is why: Blah, blah, blah! Of course, you should state the obvious - chapter and verse - as to precisely what data is in error and the documentation you have that proves otherwise.

This is easily done by using the memo field of the event (BMD, or other) with a comment: "The birth place info is NOT correct; see sources 15, 129, 300."

The object is not to mislead future researchers, but to point them in the correct direction. Thus, the more complete and thorough your own research becomes, the more valuable it is to others.