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Top Ten Genealogical Myths

  1. You can find your complete family history at the National Archives, in the LDS Church in Salt Lake, or on the Internet
     
  2. All genealogy information you find on the Internet is accurate, complete and reliable
     
  3. Everything you find in books and databases/CDís is accurate and reliable
     
  4. You can learn all about your surname in mail-order books
     
  5. It MUST be true because Great Aunt Matilda told me so
     
  6. The spelling of our surname was changed at Ellis Island, or, my family always spelled it that way
     
  7. The courthouse burned and ALL of the records were destroyed
     
  8. If it was printed in the obituary then it must be true
     
  9. That famous person and I MUST be related since we have the same last name
     
  10. I cannot find any records of the person there, so he/she must not have lived there                                                                                             
     

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