My Ancestor was a Liar: Ignorance, Half-truths or Willful Deceit?

My Ancestor was a Liar: Ignorance, Half-truths or Willful Deceit?
20200123T1400Z 20200123T1500Z
Categories
Further Skills
Social History
Date:
Thu 23 Jan 2020
Duration:
1 hour
Price:
£8.00
Places remaining:
19

Sifting through the evidence to find the truth (or what passes for the truth in the world of genealogy) is a skill which all serious family historians need to develop. The information left by our ancestors is all-too-frequently misleading, inaccurate or just plain wrong! As we become more experienced we find that they had any number of reasons to be economical with the truth.

Of course, sometimes our ancestors simply didn’t know the answer to the questions thrown at them by the clerks, registrars and enumerators. Using real examples, this talk will look at some of the reasons why our ancestors might have lied and offer suggestions on how to recognise their varying degrees of ignorance, half-truths and wilful deception.

23/01/2020 14:00 - 15:00
With Dave Annal