We sometimes are criticized because we include information in our family tree which has not been genealogically documented and proven. We are told, 'No real genealogist would publish an educated guess, or a family member's assertions, without providing solid, documented proof.' Guilty as charged.
The reason is simple. We do not consider ourselves to be genealogists in the formal sense of the word. We are family historians. We use any and all sources of information when considering what to present on the website. Having said that, we do make a conscious effort to document everything we can. Where we cannot, we try to make clear our sources and reasoning.
Occasionally, people will offer to sell us documents or family memorabilia, but as a free service to our members, we do not have the funds to purchase them. To make matters worse, government birth, death and military records have become quite expensive and restrictive. "Real" genealogists and other family researchers should consider information found here as a starting point only, a hint about where to look for formal proof. In return, we would appreciate corrections and additions stemming from such research.
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