[APG Public List] Question about wills

eshown at comcast.net eshown at comcast.net
Mon Jun 28 10:54:01 MDT 2010

Ray wrote:
>     Documentary evidence has its limitations, and although such a bequest
is a useful clue, like any other bit of information, it should not be
accepted as fact without additional evidence to support its claims. "Grandpa
Joe called Uncle Al a drunk in his will" is a valid statement for a
genealogist to make. "Uncle Al was a drunk" is not; at least not without
further proof.

Ray, thank you for this reminder that any statement in a document is only an
assertion, not a *fact.*


Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG
The Evidence Series


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