When Wrong is Actually Right: Constructing Proof Arguments for Counterintuitive Conflicts (a 2022 Reisinger lecture)

Meryl Schumacker, CG
Oct 7, 2022
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Genealogical Proofs
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About this webinar

Name changes, enumerator errors, and terrible informants can combine to create major inconsistencies in documentation. Records that, at first glance, appear to be major mismatches can later turn out to be correct. Researching non-English-speaking immigrant families requires a comfort level with these layered conflicts-upon-conflicts. This session demonstrates how to use logic to confirm that a wrong-name, wrong-age, wrong-everything record can actually be right, with an emphasis on immigrant families. Participants will learn how to transfer that logic to a written proof argument.

Part of the Joy Reisinger Memorial Lecture Series, held in person at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah (and broadcast here).

About the speaker

About the speaker

Meryl Schumacker, Certified Genealogist®, is the founder of We Go Way Back LLC in New York City. Meryl specializes in New York City genealogy from the 17th-20th centuries; Jewish genealogy in the United States, Europe, and Central America; and gen
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  1. MM
    Michelle Mickelson
    1 year ago

    A clear and concise presentation that eases common anxieties of writing about conflicting information. Meryl demonstrates how to make familial connections with imperfect records! Time well spent with this webinar.

  2. HS
    Helen Schenkelaars
    1 year ago

    Great presenter and presentation. Very clear and easy to follow.

  3. CA
    Carolyn Atkinson
    1 year ago

    Great information. Great speaker and easy to understand and follow.

  4. PM
    Pamela McClellan
    1 year ago

    Very informative

  5. JV
    Jeffrey Vaillant
    1 year ago

    concise and excellent

  6. JS
    Jacqueline Sanders
    1 year ago

    Nuts and bolts, so clarifying!!

  7. SE
    Susan E McNelly
    1 year ago

    Excellent, interesting, and educational look at how to resolve conflicts. Very enjoyable!

  8. RD
    Rosalyn Dowling
    1 year ago

    Excellent speaker, presentation & handout! Give me a new look at proof arguments for conflicting information. Thank you, Meryl!


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