When in doubt punt???

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I have an ancestor who on every web site on the internet states he was born in Scotland (w/o supportive documentation) However, my research indicates he is of Scottish ANCESTRY and he was actually born in Northern Ireland.  I can’t find a record of his place of birth.  York County PA., records indicate others with the same last name who appear to be siblings in the same town were born in Ireland and immigrated to the US.  Do I change his birth place to Ireland and write an explanation in the bio or leave the place of birth blank?
in The Tree House by J Murray G2G6 Mach 3 (35.1k points)

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It's a little bit like that (having a punt)

Either way, as you suggest you will need to add good explanations.

If you decide to leave it blank, then there is a possible danger of having a well-meaning person adding Scotland, because that's what's on all the Internet Sites.

You could put Ireland or Northern Ireland and mark it as uncertain if you feel the circumstantial evidence is strong enough?

As I said good explanations either way.
by John Atkinson G2G6 Pilot (428k points)
Yes, the well-meaning Internet is a very good reason against leaving the birth location empty.
Thanks John! I Appreciate your time and advise to answer my q. :)
@ Eva, I've found this pertains to way too many websites with family trees, including about 5 of my own ancestors I've poured over records to verify their claims and have yet to find one single shred of supportive documentation. Granted, I've made mistakes but never just to deliberately fabricate my tree or mislead others with bogus info.

Urghhhhh...it just gets very frustrating.

Thanks for taking the time to reply. :)

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