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New Article 10-1-08: Proved, Probable, Possible, Likely or What? Claimed Descendants of Reuben Paddock of Yarmouth, Massachusetts, a Case Study
From the introduction: In the compilation of any circumstantial case, terms such as possible, probable, and likely are often used. Researchers preparing a case need to be aware of the subtleties among these terms. By definition, no circumstantial case is proved, since it is the lack of hard documentation that makes it circumstantial.
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Welcome to PlymouthAncestors.org, Plimoth Plantation and the New England Historic Genealogical Society have joined together to provide the most up-to-date genealogical information on the inhabitants of the Plymouth Colony in 1627. This website will provide you with information on the two organizations, how to start your own genealogical research, and two blank documents to get you started — a five-generation family tree and a family group sheet.
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Be Your Family Genealogist

Genealogy is the study of your family: your parents, grandparents, great-grandparents and all preceding generations. It can be a fun, fascinating and occasionally frustrating occupation. There are many good books, magazines, classes and computer programs available which will help you in researching your family, but here are some quick tips.
  • Start with what you know. The temptation is to begin with a possible ancestor and try to trace down to the present. Instead, start with yourself and your parents and work backwards.
  • Carefully research each generation. Don’t skip or assume a link.
  • Document your information thoroughly as you go along. Record exactly where each piece of information was found.
  • A pedigree chart shows your direct ancestors. It includes spaces for birth, marriage, and death information for each individual. The chart should be filled out with the name of the husband on the top line and the name of the wife on the line underneath.
Plymouth Ancestors is a collaboration between Plimoth Plantation™ and the New England Historic Genealogical Society® supported by the Institute for Museum and Library Services. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this website do not necessarily represent those of the Institute for Museum and Library Services.

Learn more about the valuable resources offered by the New England Historic Genealogical Society and Plimoth Plantation by visiting their websites at www.AmericanAncestors.org and www.plimoth.org
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