After all, it did appear in the newspaper and was (supposedly) taken from court records.
Does that alone make it evidence that Anna Goldenstein was actually living in Palmyra in 1914? Should I add that as a residence for her in my genealogical database.
I don't think so--particularly without analyzing it in more detail.
It's information that states Anna lived in Palmyra in 1914. But I'm not quite ready to put it in the category of evidence.
There are a few reasons:
It contradicts everything else I know about Anna. Contradiction in and of itself does not make one piece of information wrong. It does make it suspect and require that the information be analyzed further. Anna Goldenstein is known to have lived in the following locations during the approximate time periods:
- Near Coatsburg, Adams County, Illinois, from her birth until shortly after her 1881 marriage to Focke Goldenstein.
- Rural Dawson County, Nebraska, from roughly 1881 until 1889.
- Near Basco, Hancock County, Illinois, from roughly 1889 until approximately 1905.
- Near (or later in) Golden, Adams County, Illinois, from approximately 1905 until her death in 1932.
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