Robert Cameron Weir (“Rob”) is a professional genealogist and the proprietor of Yourigins, in Dover, New Hampshire. A 12th generation New Englander with 15 years’ experience in genealogical research, Rob has a certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University’s Center for Professional Education and is Vice President of the New England Chapter of the Association for Professional Genealogists. He is a 1991 graduate of Harvard College.
Vital Records seem to be the simplest and most direct of all genealogical records, an official government document stating the facts of a birth, marriage, or death. But with vital records there is more here than meets the eye. We will explore a range of complications, from unfaithful record copies, to uninformed informants, from marriages that never were, to births and deaths that didn’t happen where the record says they did. The goal is to hone our record analysis skills and thereby become better genealogists.