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Re Family History research and some rubbish we find

Journal by Rockborne38

You will note from my profile that I am researching many families, my husband and I are researching both sides of our family, so we have researched the familes of our parents, our grandparents, our great grandparents, and our great great grandparents, and in some of the families, we have been lucky enough to find information even in earlier generations than those, for example, because the mother of one of my g/g/grandparents had lived in the same village in England for more than 500 years, and all family members had been baptised in the same church, then married there, then their burial service was also held there and they were buried in the church cemetery, we were able to trace that branch back to 1496, we were just lucky that the priest was astute enough to hide the church record books when the King threw all the Catholic priests out and either burned churches or placed ministers there who were receptive to his idea of how churches should obey his rules

the one thing that has struck us in our research is the number of people who place trees on Ancestry and similar sites, and just copy info from other trees without doing any research themselves, and we found some public trees on one site that shows the parents of a family member being born about 25 or more years before their son, another where they show a man married at the age of 4, another where a man is shown married in NSW in the mid 1800s, yet they then show him as being present at the 1851 census in England even though he had been transported for life to Australia and died here in the mid 1800s. We have found so many errors like that, and we commend to all researchers, if you cant find a document that proves your information is correct, then dont add it to your tree, as chances are, it may not be correct, and dont just accept info from trees of others unless they can provide a citation to prove the information is correct. Our own family history files have now grown to just in excess of 15Gb, backed up weekly to two external hard drives.

good luck with your research, and if you are researching any of the same families that we are, then we are happy to share info with any family member.

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on 2013-05-25 02:34:58

My husband and I are interested in tracing the roots of our family and have been doing so since 1956, so we now have about 15+Gb of info on our computer about the families of both of us, and we are interested in making contact with any member of any of the families we are researching to share information, looking also for photos and certificates for any family member to add to our huge files on those families. After all these years they are still a "work in progress" and we would like more please

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by wyn on 2013-06-04 19:49:13

Yes i do know what you mean about getting it wrong with dates,its something when you start you have to be focused other wise your path can be lost so easily,many, many hours of love and frustration,not sure what i will do when i come to the end,may have to look up some one else past for them,i just love the walk back in my past....Wyn

by AncestrySisters on 2013-06-07 18:18:51

This is a big issue for me too. And I think Ancestry.com needs to figure out how to fix this and get ahead of the mess. The more people do casual research the worse the non-sourcing will get.

by Rockborne38 on 2013-06-07 19:59:08

Because of the lack of citations on so many of the trees on Ancestry, and our own belief that family history information should be only of interest to members of the family, we have no trees on Ancestry or on any similar site. We do put questions on many genealogical sites, but only when we already know the answer, because we find it stirs other family members who find our message to send us a reply, and from that we have made contact with well in excess of 300 members of our two families who we would not have know even existed, and thus added info to our own trees, which we keep on our computer and back up weekly, and are able to find info about current generations, Anybody who is researching any of the same families as we do are welcome to contact us, and we are happy to share info with them, but info on living members will not be shared unless we first check with those living members to ensure they have no objection to us sharing their info. We do use Ancestry and the others sites as well to make contact with others researching the same families, hence our huge circle of previously unknown family members, just a pity that our ancestors to not keep in regular contact, but that is life, and we are trying to address that, but we still wish people would not just copy info onto their tree without first checking for correctness, we have found so much garbage attributed to our families, from those who are too lazy to do the research themselves and just copy errors made by others.

by beattie on 2013-06-10 23:01:28

I to am totally confused by entries in Ancestry concerning my GGGrandfather.They have him being born in 1840 in Leicester U.K and having married? ,having a son in 1854. This would make him 14yo when William was born.Also William being the only child.
George Carter B1840 Leicestershire.
Married???
Elizabeth SweetB??? Leicestershire.
All the George's that I and others have come up with are either, dates not matching or wife's name different.I am at a loss as to where to go next.

by beattie on 2013-06-10 23:08:04

I to am totally confused by entries in Ancestry concerning my GGGrandfather.They have him being born in 1840 in Leicester U.K and having married? ,having a son in 1854. This would make him 14yo when William was born.Also William being the only child.
George Carter B1840 Leicestershire.
Married???
Elizabeth SweetB??? Leicestershire.
All the George's that I and others have come up with are either, dates not matching or wife's name different.I am at a loss as to where to go next.

by beattie on 2013-06-10 23:10:09

I to am totally confused by entries in Ancestry concerning my GGGrandfather.They have him being born in 1840 in Leicester U.K and having married? ,having a son in 1854. This would make him 14yo when William was born.Also William being the only child.
George Carter B1840 Leicestershire.
Married???
Elizabeth SweetB??? Leicestershire.
All the George's that I and others have come up with are either, dates not matching or wife's name different.I am at a loss as to where to go next.

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