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I am the Walrus


People, please please please, be careful what you  add to your family tree. Please verify verify verify. When comparing or using info from other people’s family trees, (or any information especially from the internet) make sure that there are sources and citations attached to the individual(s) you are researching.  Ancestry. com ancestry trees, millennial files, complied data bases do not constitute or substitute documentation, these only mean that you and countless other people have the same names in your family trees.  We’re talking real source documents such as census records, church minutes, probate records, land records, birth, death, and marriage certificates….you get the idea.

Those who have used ancestry. com know that upon clicking on hints you are presented with the opportunity to look at the actual document available (click review and the ‘view’ selection will left side of the page.)  Non subscribers to ancestry files can try familysearch.org for free access. Many states also have online access to their archives. These are only a couple of many online options available  to all. ( I’m sure most serious genealogy aficionados have heard of Cyndi’s List as well) 😉

If you’re out of time to look in depth at the information, bookmark it. Ancestry. com allows you to save it in your shoebox for later perusal. You may also download it to your hard drive for later examination. (note: ancestry’s terms of use only allows downloads for personal use only, not for sharing).

And here’s my snarky comment of the day: If verifying information is too much trouble for you and you think your time is more important than truthfully representing facts, please – find a different hobby.

Once, while researching on ancestry. com I was looking at what many researchers and historians consider to be the alleged progenitor of American Strouds, Strodes, Strouts, Strowds, Strauds, etc. Warinus De La Strode. Alternate spellings depends on the nationality of the researcher or the tree that was copied and pasted.  Several examples include Warin De La Strode, Guarin Du le Strode, Guarin Du l’ Strode and Warinus De La Strode.

Well, somebody must have decided to play a joke. Or who knows how it got started.

There, in the search results, glaring bright and sassy back at me was the name WALRUS De la Strode. I can’t say how many examples of that spelling had been copied to other trees.

I still shake my head over that one. And laugh.

Don’t let that joke be on you. Verify!!

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Grampaw, is that you?

(Photo taken during USGS research efforts permitted under US Fish
and Wildlife Service Permit No. MA801652-3)
Location: Point Lay, AK, USA; Date Taken: 9/19/2013.
Photo Credit: Ryan Kingsbery/USGS.
Walrus Audubon.org
 

That old brick wall


DNA genealogy: it confounds me at times. Trying to understand the haplo groups, subclades,  which test to get, how many markers  are needed to find a genealogical match, the difference between Ydna, Mtdna and autosomal dna. Some of the more scientific language used in some essays and explanations frazzle my brain at the titles alone.

Confusion aside, I’m attempting to educate myself about it enough to understand how it works with genealogy. And bless their soul, a direct Stroud male descendant had a 37 marker Ydna test done, uploaded and is gracious and kind to share the results with me and other descendants.

Now we are told we have a 37/37 marker match with another descendant of the line of John Stroud b. circa 1726 died 1776 in Mecklenburg County, Va. He married Sarah Morris, who apparently expired before he did, as his will mentions his deceased wife. Most researchers information of this line do not include locations/names and/or dates that seem to align with the names/dates/known locations of Thomas Stroud 1775-1832 Emanuel Co, Georgia, USA.  But it’s hard to argue with the results: 37/37 markers match and  DNA is DNA.

Now all we have to do is figure out how we are connected to this couple.

Easier said than done. Our group of Stroud bloodhounds researchers are hot on the trail and we can’t be stopped! 😀 The hunt continues.

 

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