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Gifts Register Help Sign In. View my relative profiles Last viewed relative profile Surname summary Hot Matches. Trying to find a long lost relative? Just want to get started? Download our free eBook. I have found so many errors on death certificates. Also my great grandmother has an incorrect date on her headstone which was confusing until documents like her death certificate and will proved the correct date. Unfortunately her headstone is still incorrect.

Census records can also be misleading and need confirmation from other sources. My husband was adopted and given a name of his birth father, we traced that line only to find when his DNA results came back , not one of the names we expected to see turned up but a name totally unknown is his exact match. I have been teading peoples comments and feel compelled to say something.

My tree is on Ancestry. It is definitely a work in progress, especially since I did my DNA.

Much of what my so called family thought was truth is in fact, fiction. They even had the nerve to publish a book without representing the entire family. Boy is it wrong in so many ways. This was written pre DNA and blindly omitting actual family Ancestors.

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There are unusual circumstances involved, ie: an Indenturement. Our branch has the court issued documents. There are missing pieces. Much of the recopied over and over family tree is based on erroneous facts from a Published book. How do you refute that??? You can only go forward making sure that the information that you add to your tree is thoroughly documented. As you say, they thought it was truth. He told me her middle name was Maple. Sally, is there a chance her name was Mary Rebecca and she chose to go by Rebecca. I have been doing my genealogy for 20 years and have found several females that chose to use middle names but on official forms used first name.

On some took me years to discover this, on others just days as they still had living family to set me straight. In her marriage to John Rodgers her name is Rebecca. And on all census records and her burial record.

But that was a good thought! It makes researching her VERY hard???? What do you do in your tree if a generation is missing? This is my problem: My great-grandfather, James Rodgers, died in My Great grandmother continued to live with my grandparents until her death. He names his parents as James Rodgers and Mary Baker. I have looked for them without success for 15 years.

I had some census records in my ancestry shoebox for someone the correct age for James, but he lived with a John and Rebecca Rodgers. But my gut tells me she is his grandmother, not mother. How would my GF gotten the names so very wrong? My grandmother lived with us until she died when I was I am for sure without a doubt descended from Rebecca by DNA. So, what would you do? Say John and Rebecca are his parents? Do I just let it go, and say my GF was mistaken? I just find that so hard to believe when he lived with the man.

It kept that spot open and I did find the missing couple. Jack Nicholson was an adult before he realized his older sister was actually his mother. Just a thought. She died in So my GGMother would have known her. Very good advice and comments. Now, if someone asks, and I can see a genuine connection, I happily share information, and invite them to my tree if they ask.

But if someone is a DNA match as a very distant cousin with only moderate confidence, I politely refuse, especially if I look at their tree and see no common surnames.

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And I do send people messages on ancestry who have the wrong information. And I I never copy trees. I do use some for names I can research, etc. Yeah, sounds great, except the people they had for his parents were born and died in SC, as did all the siblings listed, yet somehow my 3rd GGF was born in VA in Use some common sense! I also try to correct errors I see on-line.


As you say, most people claim they are right, even with solid evidence, or do not care at all. I always check the scanned image of a census, not just the transcription, as the transcribers make many mistakes. In one case, a couple of aunts were wrongly transcribed as the daughters of a Lord, whose estate they lived on, and whose big house was next on the list to their cottage! I have also spent many hours taking the trouble to send messages to people whose mistakes I find. I think one problem is that some people are just dumb. I always remember where one tree which came up as a hint on ancestry showed a man having a father who was dead 20 years before the man was born.

The whole point of joining a site like ancestry, surely, is to share information freely. After all, what is the point of lots of people doing the same bit of research when one of us has done it already? I love it when I see people using my photos and so on which I have put out there. I always wondered why people had private trees when living people are private anyway and the dead are not around to care, and here I have had some answers, and I am distinctly unimpressed as it goes against the whole spirit of ancestry research being a fun shared enterprise.

My ancestry trees are where I am free to make those mistakes and go back and correct them without the worry that I may be presenting those mistakes as facts.