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Sloppy Research

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Re: Sloppy Research

Posted: 3 Dec 2012 12:46PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 3 Dec 2012 12:46PM GMT
I too am frustrated with the high level of inaccurate genealogical information on line. What is even more frustrating is that when you notify the people about the errors you are ignored. Recently I found a tree where the daughter was born 30 years before the parents. I could see the mistake happening but it should have been quickly be corrected.

Another example of this situation is shown with my 3rd great grandmother. She was married and lived in Binghampton New York in the first couple of decades of the 1800's. There are those who have her associated with a lady in England who lived at the same time. The error is apparent when you trace the English lady and find she is in England during the time my 3rg grandmother was having children in New York. To make the two ladies match you must assume that she had a baby in the US, and made a round trip of 8 to ten weeks each way to England in the two years between her children births. Of course I heard one newscaster refer to these sailing vessels as Cruise Ship, so maybe I am being to hard on their ignorance.

I think, like you, that people see similar names and don't stop and realize there are at least several thousand people with that name at any one time.

Whether it helps or not, when I find errors in peoples trees I have started adding comments that state "This tree is in Error and then give the correct information. I also volunteer to provide the sources for my information. Interestingly no one has asked me for copies of the correct information.

SubjectAuthorDate Posted
Donna Cooper 3 Dec 2012 7:21PM GMT 
keithnuttle 3 Dec 2012 7:46PM GMT 
meekernj 3 Dec 2012 7:59PM GMT 
McComberdesce... 3 Dec 2012 8:29PM GMT 
Donna Cooper 3 Dec 2012 10:00PM GMT 
cpcoan13 12 Dec 2012 11:29AM GMT 
DPotts57 12 Dec 2012 10:58PM GMT 
ludlowbaylive 13 Dec 2012 1:08AM GMT 
rundehel 2 Jan 2013 3:14PM GMT 
keithnuttle 2 Jan 2013 3:37PM GMT 
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