Errors I have made and have seen would make for a long list. Some biggies include
Uh, which Dorothea Koeberlein do you mean? Our 2nd Great Grandma? Her niece? Her sister-in-law?
Here's an example: this is one of my misidentification.Hope you don't mind me saying, it was rigorously researched with the best information we had at the time.
um...too bad it was wrong!
Ta da! After lengthy, pains-taking research. A much better fit! Perfect? At least for now, I consider this correct!
Now let's talk about the "Geography of Europe" We'll also stop discussing morals.
Hate to tell you this, but town name and country is not enough to go on. Google maps (great tool) is not enough to go on. Via Michelin (another great tool) is also not enough to go on. I like Via Michelin a little better, as it will give you multiple choices and a drill-down when you enter a town name.
here's a pic
Here are some choices:
The town name in the family bible, death certificate or military draft document, etc. is helpful. It's a start, but modern maps may well confuse rather than clarify. It's up to you to figure out where it is.
- MINNIE from Minneapolis, Wilhelmenia, Philomena, Phillipina
- PHILOMENA from Minnie from Phillipina (same person)
- WALTER from Valentine, Valtin
- JOHN from Johann, Johannes
- JOSEPH from Johann-Josef (Josef as middle name).
- Spelling convention from German to English (WAIZMANN into WAITZMAN)
- Spelling convention from French to German (HUSSON into HUSSONG)
- Translation from French to German(MEUNIER into GOELTZER
- in English, this means: miller, or "grinder of grain")
- Conscious decision to differentiate legally from other family member (HENN into HENNE)
- in this case, two brothers lived at the same address; their wives had the identical and unusual given names, leading to confusion to outsiders (like bill collectors).
- Typed transcriptions of difficult handwriting (FRANZ into FRANY; HUSSONG into HURFONG; HAUENSTEIN into HANENSTEIN) - this is so common
- Mispronunced and then spelled wrong (GEISEL into GEASEL)
Strange but true: Two diffferent Surnames with identical spelling
- WAITZMAN - a unique Old North Dayton name that is a morph of German WAIZMANN
- WAITZMAN - a Jewish Eastern European name associated with Ukraine, Russia, Poland
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You might prefer to steer clear of the on-line "agglomerators". These are people who do not actually research their data. Nor do they vet the sources. Instead, they are focused on amassing a really, really huge interconnected genfile. They hungrily link into family trees regardless of the blood-relationship to themselves. An in-law of an in-law is fair game, as they help connect different trees together. "Resistance is futile; you will be assimilated."
There is no substitute to gum-shoeing. You are more than just a compiler of work that others have done. So you will go to courthouses, cemeteries, churches and visit old distant living cousins. You will do primary research that no one else will do. Why? Because you are a detective, and that is what detectives do. This is honorable.
- it is highly populated with beastly, error-laden trees that been put together by beginners, (they DO make it so easy for you to get started)
- they will try to charge you for information that can be found elsewhere for free.
- they have tried to sell me info that I (me! mysef!) had compiled and posted on their sites. Arrrrgh!