S04 E36 Genealogy Research: How Old Fake News Can Lead Your Genealogy Astray

We have often spoken about how important newspaper research has been in researching our families. However, there are times when genealogy research and newspaper articles can lead you on a wild goose chase. Occasionally, however, an old newspaper article can have varying degrees of incorrect information – or complete falsehoods! In this episode, we walk you through some examples.

Brian opens the show with a humdinger of a fabricated story that has sucked genealogists in for years trying to work the clues provided in an article riddled with inaccuracies and falsehoods.

Donya walks you through how changing dates in an article about an ancestral family member threw her research off. Both speak about how even an obituary can lead you on a merry chase.

Working research clues and creating a flexible research strategy are two key themes that run through this episode.


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