The following two announcements reinforce the idea of “trust but verify” in family history. They also suggest why family history research can be so much fun yet so challenging.
The two announcements were published in the Sherburne County Star News on 6 February and 13 February 1896 in the “Becker News” column on page 5. Even the most intrepid of news reporters and correspondents can get the facts wrong. So, in family history we have the responsibility to “trust but verify.”
6 February 1896
13 February 1896
And special thanks to my colleague, Phyllis Scroggins, who found these two announcements and brought them to my attention. While reading the microfilm newspapers, Phyllis manages to find the most interesting information.