Hah. Those are some good facebook quotes.
The way ancestry.com works, it suggests that you're supposed to rely on these published trees. In some ways, the site as a business benefits from these false trees and all the time a person could spend pasting them together. Other "geneology" sites seem to be using this phenomenon to drive traffic as well.
They should at least have some kind of disclaimer/warning that comes up explaining that many of these trees are known to be unsupported if not deliberately false.
Advice taken on where to start on something reliable. I do have a decent head start due to work that an uncle did. He cites sources for everything, went to see many records in person, etc.
What do you think about the census info I posted? Is it generally considered enough documentation to establish a marriage since we have the correct names living together along with children whose names and ages all match as expected?