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Include FHL book # to help verify old (maybe wrong) research

Please include the FHL Book number on info page about each record. Without the FHL Book number I can NOT be sure the record is the same one my cousin had listed as the source of her data. THIS IS IMPORTANT for clearing up messes on nFS.
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    I was surprised to discover this interesting area of discussion. It appears not too many others know about it, too. A basic rule of genealogy research is that it is better to have too much data rather than not enough. Pretty obvious, huh! So info should not be left off of source references, either. If there is a book number on it then that should also show up. It is just so logical !! I refuse to lose hope that someone will see the light!!
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  • Most material in the nFS tree did not give any sources at all, much less evidence. Now, if Judith could get her time machine working and transport some excellent genealogists back some 50 years, who would screen submissions for presentations of evidence to support each assertion, nFS would not be in its present chaotic state.

    I would also say that just because some statement is in a book does not mean it is correct. In two of my lines, very wrong ancestry was published in a book in 1936, then republished in 1962, 1978, 1982.and 1986. One and the same person published the 1936 and 1978 items, yet in the intervening years could not manage to take a 5-minute walk on his lunch hour to the Courthouse to locate two documents disproving what he stated.

    Most of the valuable evidence in documents has not been published in books or at all.

    However, citations of evidence are indeed quite necessary, together with explanation of how it applies to the statement(s) it goes with.
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    Any source is better than no source at all since "no source" should be thrown out as mere gossip. It is too bad the Temple records are considered as sources because they are essentially sourceless especially between 1991 & 2008 when the connection between the submitter & the Temple work was CUT OFF since the programmers were NOT Genealogists & didn't put in a field for submitters names & sources to be recorded in. Before that with paper submissions the submitter & the sources were required on Fam.grp.sheet submissions. It is important to know where the info is coming from in any form you can get, even it it is just Aunt Sally or grandma Jones because even that much gives you a clue as to how much credence to give to conflicting info. A guy with the wrong wife is the wrong guy even if the b-date is same or close, unless there is a surprise 2nd wife in there somewhere....which is where the checking the book comes in. Clues, Clues, Clues for guiding further research, Please!! I found notes on a 2nd Bevan wife in papers found in my mother-in-laws chest of drawers after she died. My cousin who did lots of research on Allens didn't have the copy of the marriage record that I found among my grandfather's papers after my mother died. She was ecstatic when I sent a copy to her. We were promised when nFS was being created that Sources would RULE. Keep the Promise, please.
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