It’s been a while since I updated the family tree, but I think this one was worth the wait. Lots of corrections, as always, but lots of additions too. I am loving the SS Application files on Ancestry.com – a great way to find maiden names for and the parents of married female ancestors. With over 80,000 people in this family tree it takes me a lot of time to work my way through everyone, but if you send me updates I always do some extra work on your line in return. Let’s call it an incentive.
One question I get very often is “Why do you only have x number of children for my parents/grandparents?” and my answer is always the same – because those are the only children I know about, tell me who is missing and I will add them. The most common reason for missing some children in recent generations is because I get information from obituaries and they aren’t always exactly clear about certain details. I love it when they include the names of grandchildren, but it isn’t always obvious which grandchildren belong to which parents so I can’t include them until I get more clues.
I often get emails saying “I don’t know very much, but…” That’s great, I knew nothing when I started this. Together we can get further. If you share your little bit with me, I can share it with everyone else and maybe turn up some new information as well.
I guess what I am saying is, thank you for sending me updates and corrections, please keep doing this.