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Did You Know: It is wise to exercise extreme caution with dates.
Dates are more difficult to recall years after an event, and are more easily mistranscribed than other types of genealogical data.
Dates of birth in vital records or civil registrations and in church records at baptism are generally accurate because they were usually recorded near the time of the event.
People sometimes reduce their age on marriage, and those under full age may increase their age in order to marry or to join the armed forces.
Census returns are notoriously unreliable for ages or for assuming an approximate death date.
Omnia mutantur, nos et mutamur in illis All things are changing, and we are changing with them (Saying)

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