By Jim Onyschuk
Dealing with discrepancies and inconsistencies are a matter of course when doing genealogical research. Discrepancy Charts are logs which record the existence of contradictory information about the same individual. They are a useful way of keeping track of particular problems that need to be solved. A Discrepancy Chart helps you organize conflicting dates or places for a specific event in a person’s life.
Genealogical data will fall into the following categories:
- Totally consistent, where every document provides the same date and place for each event, and there is no conflict between sources
- There is some conflict, but the data is consistent enough that different researchers can reach the same conclusion
- Completely inconsistent and inconclusive Continue reading