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Have you come across people desperate to have a famous or infamous ancestor, people who will sometimes manipulate information in order to achieve their dream? This case study examines the families of three early colonists with the surname Douglass, one a First Fleeter, and shows how researchers can misinterpret documents with dire consequences. It also reveals that much pre-twenty-first century research needs to be redone because old claims – including those regarding descent from First Fleeters – do not necessarily stand up to careful scrutiny.  

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