Casefile Clues

09 May 2014

What Does a Record Provide Evidence Of?

My daughter graduates from Eastern Illinois University this spring. Her grandparents are unable to attend the ceremony but afterwards we are taking pictures of them along with her in her gown. The grandparents live quite a distance apart and two sets of pictures will be taken.

If the pictures are around in a hundred years will someone think they provide evidence that her grandparents attended the graduation? It is hard to say as I won't be alive in one hundred years.

What will the picture indicate? Actually it will only provide evidence that the three of them were in the same location at the same point in time. Just because my daughter is in her graduation robe does not mean that they were necessarily at her graduation.

Are you reaching conclusions that may not be supported by the records and information you have obtained?  Pictures are not the only record that can occasionally not be what they seem.