When I come across a family chart on Ancestry, MyHeritage or any of the genealogy web hosting sites, as a rule I’ll glance at the tree with a certain degree of care and caution. I want to see the supports which holds up all these individuals, to see that the trunk is strong and well engineered and able to tie everyone together. I am more often disappointed when I find a new fact to realize that the reference is another ancestry tree.
Have you ever followed one of these worm hole threads!? My goodness, it can travel endlessly until your fingers tire out and your hopes of something meaningful are dashed against cosmic stones. I swear, I feel I’m being sucked in by the Black Hole of space only to find myself stuck deep beneath the roots of an aging tree. Like mirrors placed in front and behind you-the image goes on forever, lost in a forest of trees all the same and no clear path to your goal.
I like to place comments on some of the populated trees I see on these sites to help stir up the pot, so to speak. I never get a response 99.9% of the time, so it’s ordinary sense that these fellow researchers don’t really want to benefit from my vocal opposition nor to make changes. even with the proof right before them. Reflectively, it’s no different than a person unwilling to change their nutrition and diet in order to add a few more years to their life span. If you won’t change then you won’t survive the circumstance that you’re in.
Above, there is an image of a tree of descent. It seems normal enough and as you can see it has many hint leaves on the people shown. Even when you click on the hints, tie in the sources for each fact, there still appears to be no issue with the family chart. What you don’t see behind that tree is the faulty line of reasoning to back and link these individuals correctly to their rightful lineages. I know. I proved this tree years ago; even commented to the speculate researcher of the tree. Yet, here we are two years later and nothing’s changed.
To those who will see this tree will realize how particular it, as a whole, seems. Hugh, Thomas and Alexander Jameson, for instance, belong all to themselves, a family out of Northern Ireland who sailed to the colonies and established a home in Londonderry, then Dunbarton, NH. Martin, Alexander and Martha Jameson emigrated from Omagh, Tyrone, Ireland and landed in Boston them settled in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. James and Sarah Jameson sailed into Boston very early from Scotland and until there is DNA testing no doubt they won’t be tied into these other families any sooner than necessary. Not knowing where my William in Windham, NH came from I wonder how this researcher was able to tie my family in. Then we have William Jameson, real surname, Jennison, and Elizabeth Golding – the marriage is correct, but the children are not.
My impression of these family charts and the individuals who are represented is like picking apples off the apple tree. They may be all related in the scheme of things, but are they grannies, Ambrosia or Tuscan?
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