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Myths, Hoaxes & Scams » Common Genealogical Myths » Myth: Family Legends & Stories

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Our research almost always starts with stories that are told to us by family members. Sometimes we hear those stories over and over again through the years. Keep in mind that stories can change as time passes. Sometimes they are embellished and certain details are inserted or omitted. Interpretations of stories, along with fading memories, can mean that your family stories aren't quite true. However, most stories do have a bit of truth to them. It is your job as a genealogist to search out the records to prove or disprove the details in those stories.

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