Re: Vetting family tree submissions to genealogy sites for data soundness #general
Yes, scans of original documents are the most reliable -- but how reliable is the original document?
Errors sometimes occur in the creation of the document!
Example: My g-gm's death certificate has a misspelling of her surname; the name was spelled the way her daughter, with whom she lived, insisted upon spelling it, but not how my g-gm spelled it during her lifetime.
The informant was my grandmother (i.e., my g-gm's daughter-in-law), who spelled her own married surname the "correct" way. That my gm would manage to misspell what was her own surname is unlikely. I do believe that the error was in the original hospital admission, which likely was attended to by her daughter (i.e., my great-aunt), who at the time (mis)spelled my g-gm's surname the same way she always (mis)spelled her own.
This has posed challenges in locating my g-gm's death certificate on Ancestry.com.
Petach Tikva, ISRAEL
Belarus: Gomel: RAISKY, SHKOLNIK(OV), ARONOV, AEROV
Ukraine: Yelizavetgrad: Broad/Brodsky (also Odessa), Gertzig/Gertzog
Ukraine/Russia/Turkey: Yevpatoriya: Israelson, Arshenov
Ken Ryesky, Petach Tikva, Israel kenneth.ryesky@...