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You probably began your family history research by scouring through old family papers and interviewing relatives. Before you knew it, you'd also checked censuses, birth records and passenger lists, and exchanged information with several other researchers. Then, one day you found a census record saying your great-grandmother was born in Indiana, but you'd recorded that she was born in Ohio. Did your original information come from a reliable source, such as her birth certificate, or was it just a vague family tradition? Carefully recording where you find each piece of information will help you weigh conflicting information, compile an accurate family history and avoid duplicating efforts.

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