Who wants a serial killer in their genealogy – not me

I have downloaded Legacy 9.0 free version to upload my Ancestry ged.com. I have spent most of the day deleting copyright material from my tree. Most concerning is that Ancestry create derivative indexes from my research. Therefore, because most of it is in nascent stages and obviously contains errors, I am concerned about the propagation … Continue reading Who wants a serial killer in their genealogy – not me

Robert Craig d. 1763

In reassembling the life of Robert Craig born before 1700, died 1763, Sussex, Delaware, and his children, using extant records, I am attempting to determine kinship relationships among his descendants and other colonial families of Sussex, Delaware.  It appears no extensive research for the Craig, Cragge (variations in spelling) family of colonial Delaware is existent. … Continue reading Robert Craig d. 1763

DNA, Meritta Paynter and a whole lot of BULLSHIT

How, when, based on DNA results, can Meritta Paynter be a descendant of the following families, if the corpses of those cited have not been exhumed and tested for their DNA? How do we know whether Meritta Paynter is actually a descendant or ancestor of these people. Looking at the names; seems like a whole … Continue reading DNA, Meritta Paynter and a whole lot of BULLSHIT

A mis-interpretation of the matriliny of Samuel Paynter, (1768 – 1845)

Hazzard-222   Meritta (Hazzard) Paynter (abt. 1748 - aft. 1814)Paynter-415     Samuel Paynter Sr.  (abt. 1736 - bef. 1815)Paynter-166     Samuel Paynter (1768 - 1845) [1] While wikitree contributors to the profile for Samuel Paynter, Governor of Delaware, between 1824-1827, and the profiles for his parents, Samuel Paynter Sr. and Meritta Hazzard, cite extant records as their sources, … Continue reading A mis-interpretation of the matriliny of Samuel Paynter, (1768 – 1845)

Amassing discoverable records

"... how do genealogists assemble an identity, birth family, and origin ...? They must amass all discoverable records to identify the subjects and their families. Then they repeat that process for all known associates, neighbors, and same-surnamed contemporaries in their locales. They must sift that mass of data, building a case from patterns and links, … Continue reading Amassing discoverable records

A fan of the fan methodology

Thinking of ancestors as a part of a greater cluster of inter-related families within a community provides greater scope for investigating the past, rather than, concentrating on one-dimensional studies. By narrowing the focus, nascent family researchers, miss many of the nuances bouncing around in society, at a specific, economic, point in time. While this paper … Continue reading A fan of the fan methodology