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if the information is wrong, or if you do not provide timeframes and placenames.
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recommend strongly that posts either include sources or a note stating that
they are available on request.
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commonly accepted as fact.
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dates and places of all vital events if known, along with enough other
family members so that the reader can positively identify if they are
researching the same family. "Anyone out there researching Kellys?" just
doesn't cut it.
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found your ancestor. New people are joining the list all the time and they
may have the info you need.