Friday, January 5, 2007
Does the information on the Elgin OGS web site offer genealogical proofs?
We have sometimes heard from researchers that information from our web site proves a relationhip. Unfortunately genealogists and researchers do not get proofs from our web site transcriptions. The branches of the OGS transcribe the inscriptions on gravestones and provide written extracts of many types of original documents but these transcriptions and extracts themselves do not constitute genealogical proofs. They are only aids to locating the original source documents. While there are no proofs of relationships that I know of on our Elgin OGS web site, there is much information that will hopefully lead a researcher to locating the evidence in primary sources that will provide the needed proofs.