Re: Linking trees #general

Sally Bruckheimer <sallybruc@...>

I have used Geni, and through it I have connected to distant cousins - some that I
didn't know existed, although I have found others that I did know that knew them.
I have also gotten a lot of corrections and updates as well.

But this is an entirely different subject than the one which started this thread,
which was making trees out of records on JRI-PP. In this case, there is no basis
for linking up people found in records other than the records exist. In many cases,
this will be correct - in the small towns where many ancestors lived, many
relationships were what they seemed. However, there would inevitably be cases
where two or more grandsons were named after a deceased grandfather. Then,
depending on who had a birth record there, and who had a marriage record there, and
who had a baby born there, it might easily occur that one was linked up with the
wrong branch of the tree.

If you don't think this a problem, one ancestor of mine was one of 9 grandsons
named after the single grandfather. Try to keep them all straight!

Sally Bruckheimer
Princeton, NJ

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