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The value placed on Oral Tradition as a tool in family history research is often minimized (if not completely overlooked) by genealogists who overzealously focus only on primary sources of evidence.  Yet, I have found oral tradition, and proving or disproving it, to be one of the most rewarding aspects of my personal family research in Ireland.  In addition to meeting many pleasant, interesting, and colorful residents of my Irish ancestral townlands, the knowledge of local history passed on to these people by their forebears, combined with their eagerness to help, have guided me on new trails through previously used primary (original) sources.

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Topic: Richard Doherty – The Importance of Blending Family Oral History with Solid Genealogical Research Techniques
Hosted By: Steve Fulton UE

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