Hi: The researcher from Costa Rica did not want to do the research. She wanted you,
Brian, to do it.
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1. Re: Re Ancestral File (Brian P. Swann)
Date: Tue, 30 Nov 2010 07:58:59 -0000
From: "Brian P. Swann" <bps(a)norvic8.force9.co.uk>
Subject: Re: [Dyfed] Re Ancestral File
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The only corollary I would add is that you do get to trust correspondents -
who have an established pedigree and are capable of doing good work.
They can save you masses of time.
But for anyone new, until you can form an independent value-judgement of
what they are capable of - treat them with kind suspicion as to the quality
of their information.
I have just had to disillusion one of my correspondents in Costa Rica. She
produced a series of dates for a family - called me all the way from Costa
Rica (on Skype, admittedly) - and when questioned said she got them from the
Millennium File in Ancestry (I think - don't quote me on that). So I said I
didn't trust any of them except one. She was a bit peeved, as I suspect she
thought she had made a significant breakthrough.
I had just told her to go away and find out where the information had been
The Americans have two nice expressions for this.
Your person who had changed all your stuff is a Wing-Nut.
And pulling all sorts of stuff together from all sorts of sources without
verifying anything against original documentation is Duct-Tape Genealogy.
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Sent: 30 November 2010 00:43
Subject: [Dyfed] Re Ancestral File
A couple of days ago I received an email from one of the members of this
list. He mentioned to me that he always like to use ancestral File because
it was always right. I have to tell him and rest of you what happened to me
relating to Ancestral File.
About 25 years ago, I put my mother's family information into Ancestral
File. I worked a long time, doubled check everything that went in. I had
birth and death certificates, marriage records, DAR records, etc. I got a
nice note from LDS thanking me for the info. About a year later, somebody
in Sacramento, California notified me that his mother and my mother were
8th cousins and that he knew all about the family. He submitted his
information to Ancestral File. they took my information out and replaced it
with his. He knew nothing about my family. He had dates of birth, marriage
and death wrong. I couldn't believe what he did. I wrote him and he
answered me back in about four months telling me that he had a good "old
time" changing all my records. He thought genealogy was a joke so he took
all my records and changed the dates. He had no proof. Didn't believe in
it. Just thought it was a joke. I tried to get Ancestral File to change
it. they refused. About a !
year later, I heard that he had died. For the next four to five years I
heard from people wanting his information and because he had died and we
lived in the same state (not realizing that I lived 393 miles south of
Sacramento) that I could go and get his records. I told them that his
records were incorrect but when I tried to give my records to them, they
refused. It was in Ancestral File so therefore it was correct!
The person who wrote me said he had access to original census records. I
don't anymore, so I must use Ancestry.com
. There are mistakes in every
census, whether Ancestry.com
did it or the actual enumerator. It happened
in my own family in Glamorgan. The spelling of a name is wrong. Even on my
grandfather's obit, it is spelled wrong. I know now who they were but there
is nothing I can do about a 100+ year obit.
No matter what records you use, you must always double check every detail.
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