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The appendix contains an article on family relationships which explains the difference between a family history and a genealogy. Most of the Genealogy Courses offered today teach methods for doing family histories, for searching out and obtaining documents confirming birth, marriage & death dates of your ancestors. In a genealogy of the type in this update, however, the cost & time involved in getting certification for every date presented would make this project impossible. Yet I felt that accuracy was of the utmost importance. This led to a voluminous correspondence to check out dates from one family member which conflicted with those sent by another (or even from the same person at different times:). When a conflict arose, I assumed that the closest family member knew the correct date. For example, if Uncle Henry said his nephew John was born 2 May 1962 but John’s mother wrote it was 3 May 1962, I would assume the mother was correct. Much of the data on older generations was obtained from old family Bibles. Often families had one member whom all the others regarded as their "historian" or "keeper" of the family records.

Handwriting was sometimes a problem. Deciphering the correct spelling of names would often entail another letter of inquiry from me. I have tried to be as careful and as accurate as possible. If there are mistakes in spelling, dates or even information, please look to your own relatives who sent the data to me.

The sources for the chapter on ‘Addition & Corrections to the 1913 Bicknell Genealogy" were many and varied. Much of the additional data added to the later generations such as additional children, marriages & deaths came from close family members. I also searched such sources as The New York Times obituaries, volumes of the Daughters of the American Revolution lineage books, of the New England Historic Genealogical Society Registers, of The American Genealogist, of American Ancestory, old census records & stones in old cemetaries, city directories, many histories of old New England towns, and other New Eng1and family genealogies looking for intermarriages. I checked every source I could find for information on the New England Bicknell family, spending innumerable hours not only in local libraries, but in New England libraries as well. I am sure there is still more to discover but my time for researching has expired.