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Matthew or Nathan Cabaniss?

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Re: Matthew or Nathan Cabaniss?

Posted: 30 May 2007 12:56PM GMT
Classification: Query
George was a very common name in that family as was Matthew. It would help people find your answer if you supplied more info such as approximate dates, what records do you have for this person, etc. If you have two different records of death, I would say right away that you have two different Georges. People don't die twice in two different places although probate records for one person can appear in different places if there is land or an heir somewhere besides where the person died. This is just another example of why documentation is important. A compiled family history or genealogy prepared by someone else is not documentation. It is hearsay. Documentation means documents: censuses, deeds/land records, marriage bonds/returns/licenses, wills/probate, tax lists, court records of all types, church records. Family Bibles can count as documentation if the data was recorded as it happened and not just inserted many years later when memories have dimmed. Likewise, letters, diaries and journals can be wonderful sources if they are recording events as they happened. Stories and reminiscences can point the way but are not "proof" by themselves. Also, it is important to seek ALL of the documentation as there might be mistakes or discepancies which need to be evaluated and reconciled. Like I said in another post, this stuff is complicated! It sure is fun though when you find an answer you know beyond doubt is the true one. Then you get to shout down the rest of us who have it all wrong! -------Jo
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Freedestiny 24 Nov 2006 4:58PM GMT 
JAF213 30 May 2007 6:56PM GMT 
ojmuseum 16 Jan 2012 12:52AM GMT 
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