Exact birth date

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WikiTree should make it a policy to not allow use of exact birth date (and place if known) without citing a reliable source.  Such dates are important for identification and applying it to the wrong profile can make it difficult to know which person the profile really should represent.  (Could say the same for death date and place, which also can ID a particular person, but birth date may be the more crucial of the two.)  [This is meant for 200+ year old open profiles.]
in Policy and Style by M Anonymous G2G6 Mach 4 (47.1k points)

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Disagree, based on personal experience. For example, my original Birth Certificate had incorrect spellings on entries, and had to be legally changed two times before the officials typed it in correctly. I have discovered places on the internet (and even in some genealogical research instances in my own family) where folks have inquired into the original birth certificate and ignorantly shared info from same; undoubtedly, they did not know or think to inquire if there were copies of additional changes. When I obtained a copy of my own records, I was able to get all three copies, but do not know why previous researchers did not. One can cite a "Original Birth Certificate" as a source reference; still, that does not necessarily guarantee complete accuracy.
by Anonymous Clark G2G Rookie (230 points)

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