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Visitations - erring on caution.


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Those visitations are good, and you may think you have hit the jackpot when you find your ancestors listed in them and it gives you a long line of ancestors who were local gentry, landowners, knights and even royals.

But it is said they can be the 1500s and 1600s versions of Ancestry trees, unsourced pedigrees based on guesswork. I did read the visitations were made to scrutinise coats of arms and to cross reference such things. But they can be based on memory, and people with the same names can be listed when it is not actually them. At the end of the day it is still wise to check them yourself using other records.

As said, you may think you have hit the jackpot when you find ancestors listed in them, but could get a huge kick in the stomach when you find evidence to the contrary.

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