YOUR INFORMATION COULD BE WRONG
I have death certificates for several ancestors in Texas. I have several from Florida and Pennsylvania. Where do some of the tree makers on Ancestry get their family information? It seems some grab at twigs and branches just to try to make a tree!!!
It gets very frustrating when a leaf appears, and I look at the clue and there is no way this is the same person. Keep in mind, many names were similar. Family names were inherited through male and female. But, you need to look at ages, locations, siblings etc.
I try to compare at least three census records before I attach it. Then, I may also review the entire census in a community to verify other members of the same last name living there. Census records were not used in the same way they are today. Getting a name spelled correctly, well, it was phonetic. And you were lucky if the person had good handwriting at all.
When doing your research
1. Compare census records, from previous years
2. Look at family members in all the census records, siblings, initials, dates of birth ages, on the record itself
3. Look at the marriage status of individuals, M/WD/ S…and many times the persons who married lived near each other, check an earlier census
4. Follow locations…people did move, but, usually was from one state to another or around a county, they kept it local, no cars in the 1800’s. They travelled slowly.
5. Look at family members in the community
6. Use death records and family info to verify
7. Use cemetery details for facts on dates and family members buried locally
8. Use surname message boards and state/county sites as well.
1. Attach a record because the name is the same
2. Record without verification/ cross referencing facts
3. Assume there was only one marriage
4. Get lost in the trees that are posted
5. Copy a tree
For those of us who create a family tree, it is vital information is not taken without communication. It takes years to gather all we have. While we do not mind sharing, it is more fun to connect with the person. Who know, you may find long-lost cousins as I have. If you are an Ancestry.com member, you can easily email for facts, photos or hints.
I have had several mysteries in my family with misspellings of names. Manny, Mamie and Mollie….my hunch of Mamie was correct. I found the obit.
Lumy, Lumley, Lummie and Lumnia….follow the records, Lumley was right. I have the death record.
Good luck in your search, and I wish you all the answers.