James Tanner’s Genealogy’s Star blog, 11 July 2020:
A New Rule of Genealogy Discovered: Number Thirteen
· Rule One: When the baby was born, the mother was there.
· Rule Two: Absence of an obituary or death record does not mean the person is still alive.
· Rule Three: Every person who ever lived has a unique birth order and a unique set of biological parents.
· Rule Four: There are always more records.
· Rule Five: You cannot get blood out of a turnip.
· Rule Six: Records move.
· Rule Seven: Water and genealogical information flow downhill
· Rule Eight: Everything in genealogy is connected (butterfly)
· Rule Nine: There are patterns everywhere
· Rule Ten: Read the fine print
· Rule Eleven: Even a perfect fit can be wrong
· Rule Twelve: The end is always there
As I said back in November of 2019, you never know, there might be another rule somewhere out there in the genealogical universe waiting to be discovered. Well, here it is:
Rule Thirteen: Genealogists abhor a blank field