Added 1500 New People to the Family Tree!

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.

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2 Responses to Added 1500 New People to the Family Tree!

  1. David Goodman says:

    While looking for information about my father, Allen Harless Goodman, it says that I died in 1961. Quite a surprise! I’m alive and well and wondered where you got your information. I am David Allen Goodman, born May 13, 1949 in Richmond, Virginia. My sister’s name is Anne Temple Goodman (not Anna).

    • admin says:

      I am terribly sorry. Obviously I will make the correction right away. The information came from “Harless Genealogy” by J. L. Pritchard. Ironically enough it was errors in that book that led to my starting this project. Paula