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September 26, 2007

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Susan Kitchens

And what happens when one's personal lies about one's personal deed become collected as part of national record? I recently covered (well, and in comments, continue to cover) the controversy over some inaccuracies about medals and other valor honors in the Veterans History Project, here:
http://familyoralhistory.us/news/view/veterans_history_project_medal/

There's a continuum between clerical error and outright fabulism. I'm glad you're talking about this topic (tho the recent carnival of genealogy did cover family myths), as it's one that interests me, too.

Larry Lehmer

Good comments, Susan. A harmless little white lie or exaggeration among family is one thing; a blatant, intentional public misrepresentation is something else. Besides, in most cases the truth is more interesting.

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