I am having to prove that someone did not exist. I don’t think I’ve ever had to do this before. In a nutshell, I think someone lied on a document about who his father was. I think he made up a name. I have a lot of evidence to explain why he would want to do this. Now I have to prove that this father doesn’t exist.
I am going to have to do more work proving someone did not exist than I normally do to prove someone did exist. Just because you can’t find someone in the records doesn’t mean they didn’t exist so my work is cut out for me. I am going to need as many different kinds of records with different informants that were created for different reasons as I can find and I need all of it to turn up nothing. My biggest obstacle will be that I can’t really narrow down the location. Sure, I can search in the county where the child was born and where that child spent his entire life. This is also the same county where his mother migrated to as a child and spent the rest of her life. I can say there is no one in that county matches my guy but how can I prove that someone with that name didn’t just pass through and then mov on to another location? This isn’t going to be easy.
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