There are errors in the book that have been transferred to the database. Because of the detail of some accounts, it seems as though the informants themselves provided much of the information. Parts of the information are undeniably reliable, such as excerpts of newspaper articles and funeral speeches, lists of church members, high school graduation lists, guest lists from weddings, accounts of participants in clubs, Masonic society lists, and lawsuits. Other information is suspect. As in census records, birth dates and maiden names may have been estimations. One daughter's account of the family origin on page 166 might be different from another daughter's account on page 172. The spelling of names is also often curious. For example, my Eure family is spelled Ewer throughout the database. Taylor and Tayloe are mixed up, and all the McWilliams seem to have become Williams.
It is important to realize that information has been entered into the database exactly as it was found in the book. For example, on a few occasions, people have listed dates of death that precede their dates of birth; also, there are instances when people are listed in a CSA unit even though they lived and died in the 18th century. It is up to the researcher to reconcile the differences.
Whenever race was indicated, it has been noted in the ""Other Notes"" column. The biographical section has a section at the back devoted to ""Coloured Families."" The book and the database assume that everyone not labelled ""Negro"" is white. However, some of the people mentioned in the narrative section are not Caucasian, but Native American, African American, or bi-racialand not identified as such.
Keep in mind the fact that, in the past, relationships were often defined casually. A stepmother, aunt, or foster mother might becalled ""mother""; a cousin or in-law might be called ""sister."" Each bit of information was exacted from the book and entered into the database as it was described, so it is up to the researcher to puzzle out the contradictions.
The book covers approximately 200 years and roughly four or five generations. There were a relatively small number of families in the county at any one time, and even fewer names, so even the most insignificant bit of information has been included, as it might prove important in tracking down a particular individual.