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(Parentage is unsourced and unproven. Removed) [5 June 2012]
I know nothing about Person:Augustine Walker (1) and so am commenting merely on methodology. I find the practice of removing information without providing replacement information to be less than ideal collaboration. I will try to quickly list several points that I think apply, hopefully without staying on my soapbox too long:
I think that your heart is at least in the right place, and I'ld rather have folks jumping in and giving their best effort rather than hanging back and being afraid to engage discussions. I also think you're in an area where the balance isn't obvious. Eventually, when sources for assertions can not be found, the assertions simply have to be dropped. It's also both unfair and problematic to allow user A to assert a fact without support - and then expect user B to come up with specific support that the assertion isn't true. Still, Jrich is right - whoever comes second to a matter has a higher burden of proof. We also try to assume the best of our peers - that they offered the information on a basis that, at least, seemed good to them at the time. We try to do that even if they are sloppy and don't offer sources. You can always dispute things benignly using appropriate talk page(s). If the page of interest was created by someone who isn't active enough to notice your comments - reach out to anyone who seems to be working "near by" - or in a pinch - anyone. Even a limited consensus to remove/delete/modify is far better than nothing. When the assertion you want to dispute is actually an attached person or family page - that is otherwise empty and unconnected - the best approach is to mark the page you want junked with the speedy delete template (which also lets you note the rationale). This at least means that an administrator has to agree with your rationale - though it also will get the attention of anyone actively watching such content. It also means you won't cast adrift empty and useless pages (cutting a connection doesn't remove the connected page). But really - thanks for being here and jumping in with both feet! --jrm03063 12:53, 19 April 2012 (EDT)
A quick search online and in printed material gives no parentage for Augustine Warner, but alot of guesses that people have entered into gedcoms. The guesses are legion, I can find over 10 different ones. I believe leaving unproven parentage for especially important lines like the Warrens is a disservice to those that are coming here seeking correct information. By doing so, we continue to spread junk genealogy and error.
As for the talk pages, I have gone on there and posted my concerns a few times, but never get any answer. In the meantime, error is spread. Fortunately, in the one case where I changed someone else to the correct parentage, I had a source handy. I intend to be fairly iconoclastic about these sort of things, as for years I when I was a young genealogist and I was chasing false lines online because someone wouldnt tell me that it was wrong.--DMaxwell 13:18, 19 April 2012 (EDT)
The burden of proof should be on the one making the claims of parentage for an important line. Let me say if the correct parentage for Augustine Warner were discovered, it would be a major discovery - not something that an internet user would be able to keep secret. Im not sure what the problem is here. The parentage listed was wrong, I removed it. Is it because it was 'your' page? If I uploaded a gedcom (i started to but didnt, just in case I had any mistakes in it) I would be pleased if someone removed something that was wrong or totally unproven. I wouldnt want to mislead anyone.--DMaxwell 13:54, 19 April 2012 (EDT)
Wanted to add - I keep saying Augustine Warner, I mean Walker.--DMaxwell 14:02, 19 April 2012 (EDT)
That is exactly why there are so many bogus trees floating around. See what appears to be a match (almost always solely by name and appx age), add it anyway, when they lack the corroborating evidence.
But since you've gotten so offended by my iconoclasm of - at the least - dubious genealogy, I think I can see right away why genealogists of New England dont consider it to be the same Augustine Walker. When Mr. Walker was buried, he was called 'Austen Wallkar of Amwell street an owld man'. Maybe the the NE genealogists feel that the age isnt right for it to be the same man. I suppose its possible, but unlikely. Let me be clear. I dont oppose putting down that he may be the son of X and X, as long as this is not given on the top of the page as though it were fact. Short story - there is a Dodson researcher whom I intend to work with to clean up the line of Charles Dodson of Virginia which we share. There is a conjecture, though probable, for his parentage that is at this point nothing more than that - conjecture. So what we are going to instead of putting his 'parents' at the top, linked, as though its been proven, we are going to instead place the couple within the notes of his entry so its at least there.
So how does this relate to Augustine Walker? I would change the entry for his maybe but unlikely parents (note that I didnt delete them - they existed after all) to be a bit more of robust entry based on what is known about them, and in the notes for Augustine Walker, include a note with something like 'there is a Augustine baptized ______ son of X and Y, but seems to be too young to be the same man'.
What I oppose, and the entire reason why I came here, is someones guess being written into the site as proven when it isnt. Its a guess, and there are much worse examples out there. There are even articles here with sources listing 'origins unknown' or '____ ancestry disproven' that will STILL list this disproven parentage anyway because someones gedcoms said so. But this is exactly what I thought WeRelate was supposed to be in opposition to.
And no, I dont view this is a 'vanity' site as I have made clear when you seemed to be offended over a WP:OWN-like arrangement. I came here so there could be a one stop source for accurate free genealogy that people could trust, as I wanted to contribute to it.--DMaxwell 16:18, 19 April 2012 (EDT)
I came here so there could be a one stop source for accurate free genealogy that people could trust
The way to make people trust this website is to put sources justifying the facts entered. Besides the fact that the nature of the sources cited offer a good indication of how trustful the information is, it shows a certain amount of diligence, as opposed to various websites out there, that are merely the author's copy of the first website found.
The burden of proof should be on the one making the claims of parentage for an important line.
Comment: every line is important to a descendant of that line.
I am looking at Person:Abigail Severance (7), which was just attached to parents yesterday, and suggest that following this guideline would be as easy as citing the History of Northfield source listed on the father's page. It is readily found on books.google.com. This book appears to have been written using town records, which are not generally available on the Internet, an information source that lends it some reliability. It would have the added advantage of providing the birthdate (27 Apr 1696), marriage date (21 Jun 1716), and a precise deathdate (17 Dec 1770) for Abigail. The page would then look much more like the person was actually studied. (This would have the added benefit to the reader of possibly introducing them to useful sources they weren't aware of, further solidifying WeRelate as their first stop for useful and reliable information.)
Another characteristic that makes pages look like some level of care was put into it is to show the other siblings in the family. When all siblings are studied, it makes it more likely that several sources were consulted, and all facts were reconciled, both of which tend to enhance reliability. A side benefit of adding the siblings is that it adds hooks that are likely to attract people interested in the siblings, who, of course, all share an interest in the parents. This then will lead to more people reviewing the parents' information which means it is less likely that important information is overlooked in comparison to single researchers. --Jrich 09:43, 5 June 2012 (EDT)
I've made it clear in my earlier edits that I am adding stubs that connect to my line first. This isnt just me being lazy. I dont and will not upload a GEDCOM, so doing this by hand takes longer. So yes, I will get to adding dates/sources in good time. Once I've got my line all on here, then I will probably work my way up starting from more recent ancestors and do siblings eventually. You'll note that I have a ton of edits so I have not been a hit and run contributor.
Im starting to think however, that you are picking on me, or dislike my editing, because we havent seen eye to eye..--DMaxwell 09:50, 5 June 2012 (EDT)
Just to give you an example of where I am going, I have just about finished and sourced up the family page for my great-grandparents and both of their children (including my grandfather). I still need to add their marriage date, findagrave information, etc:
But when it comes to the complicated picture of other siblings, I intend to work back as it will prove harder to source.--DMaxwell 10:30, 5 June 2012 (EDT)
Everything I have is sourced. I am actually insulted you would think I am adding guesswork, considering we've already butted heads on my impatience on removing bad lines. For another example, I'd like to throw lightening bolts on most of the Mayflower/Plymouth lines on this site, which are mostly very poorly sourced and are riddles with myths. I had some trouble understand how to add the sources to this website at first, and I still find adding census records clunky (especially those that are behind paywalls). But the reason I am extended my line with stubs is so I dont duplicate people later on, a problem I had when I first got here. At no point have I left stubs for more than a couple of months without at least adding dates; there are alot much more worse pages on WR, but yet you come after me.
At this point I am nearly done linking my lines through stubs, so dont expect to see a ton more from me. An exception to this rule might be future sibling pages, which may just be a name, birthplace and birthdate (as I am not going to research down lines that are not mine unless it pertains to my books/articles).--DMaxwell 11:02, 5 June 2012 (EDT)
John Warner (87) [20 July 2012]
Just missed a step in the process; not intended. I guess that qualifies as hasty.--jaques1724 16:07, 20 July 2012 (EDT)
Oh I know. Thats why I added a smiley face at the end of my edit comment. I like your work, so keep it up.--DMaxwell 16:13, 20 July 2012 (EDT)
Article sources [22 August 2012]
Hi Daniel: Just wanted to make sure you're aware of the criteria for creating sources for periodical articles. Not all of them need a page. If an article's only going to be cited for a handful of people and/or there's nothing much of interest to discuss on the source page itself (as opposed to in the citation detail), the article title can just be in the "Record Name" field.--Amelia 00:46, 22 August 2012 (EDT)
Personally, I find it a bit of a hassle to have to readd the same source for every single person cited. (ie readding the entire title on multiple pages) But the vast majority of sources Ive added are used for perhaps 10+ people at a min. Those that are not, there is a good chance I just havent gotten around to finishing adding all the sources.--Daniel Maxwell 00:51, 22 August 2012 (EDT)
Need sources [4 October 2012]
You have changed several names to Unknown lately without even the courtesy of adding a source to justify your conclusion. This is especially bad when there are sources available that do assert something other than Unknown as in the case of William Smead and Judith Stoughton. Such a situation makes it likely a new user will view the page, and based on the absence of a source, assume the poster was less well-informed than they, who know what the name is based on one source. Even if there is no source justifying the old position, to change it without sources, sends several unattractive implicit messages. To make genealogy better, it must be disciplined about providing sources, or else it is no better than the mistaken-ridden mythology you want to fix. --Jrich 10:57, 3 October 2012 (EDT)
I just checked the several changed to unknowns that I made. I added sources for 2 of 3 - Joanna (---) Kingman and Sarah (---) Lyman. I hadnt gotten around to Smead yet because I am gathering the sources for the rest of the Stoughton extension. In fact I have never seen a source say that anyone claims the identity of who (---) Smead was beyond unsourced GEDCOMs. I didnt realize this was controversial. Yes, I am a (proud) iconoclastic about unproven names, but when its in doubt (not in these cases) I will usually say something on the talk page. Look for instance at Sarah (Chandler?) Simonson, wife of the immigrant Moses Simonson. The two sources I have say her name is unknown, but there is so much material out there on Plymouth colonists I wasnt sure.
I think its unfair for you to imply that I am ruining the site when I am one of only a few users who bother to challenge the old myths and guesswork. Yes, I tend to hope around on what I work on, but at no point do I EVER change anything unless I can prove it.
Its true I have a few unsourced pages I need to finish. Which is why I asked for an options for them to auto tagged in case I forget any, but I got no response from the site staff.
There are alot of other users who add 'sources' or just plain unsourced material, myths, guesses. I am not sure why you come back from your quitting just to come after me.--Daniel Maxwell 13:24, 3 October 2012 (EDT)
The way I look at it is this - if Henry Kingman's place of origin is unknown, and he didnt marry in the US, then how could anyone possibly know the identity of his wife's surname, unless she had other relatives that immigrated? The burden of proof ought to be on those making the surname claim, not for me to have to disprove sometime fantastic claims - often times I cant even find the supposed evidence for (usually there is none). In the case of the Kingmans, information and sources are thin. Thats the only time I rely on GM sketches, which are about 99% reliable and usually up to date with the latest info from my experience. Otherwise, I might look at them and go to the sources that they used (see for example, the case of the Lyman family - a WIP).
Ultimately we have the same goals, but I just work differently than you - yes, slower, and less forgiving. As I said, I dont just edit something unless I have a source. I wont just blank or neglect pages without coming back and finishing them up. You are not the first to say something to me about my style. You critiqued me early on for adding stubs to connect with earlier families, most of which I have since cleaned up. There are plenty of questionables I probably would remove surnames from but I dont have much to back that up with. As far as I can tell, William Smead was just a guess based on his only sons name. A reasonable guess perhaps, but still a guess.--Daniel Maxwell 15:02, 3 October 2012 (EDT)
A complete guess on his part. The burden is on him to prove it, and all the later genealogists show that he has failed. No record has ever been found for this other Smead man. Not even a sliver of evidence, and alot of different researchers have looked at this because the Stoughton is a line that is shared by several Presidents. Im happy to be disproved, but we're talking about 70 years of Stoughton genealogy that hasnt budged on this issue one bit.--Daniel Maxwell 01:43, 4 October 2012 (EDT)
Winthrop accepts William Smead the son because his widowed mother Judith is supposed to have arrived in 1630. I doubt they would accept in light of his father, setting aside that he ( ?? Smead) is not believed to have ever left England.--Daniel Maxwell 10:57, 4 October 2012 (EDT)
Yes, thats an interesting problem. The solution that the Stoughton researchers have suggested is that Judith really didnt come in 1630, but sometime after 1635. William the son is usually assigned at abt 1635 birth date, which sounds about right, and if his father didnt immigrate as no evidence has shown that he did, this would put the immigration date around 1636 or even later. Judith died in 1639. Those that have thrown it into doubt didnt make a strong effort to disprove her coming in the Winthrop Fleet, so it remains at about the same state it was in the 1950s, when the last new Stoughton discoveries were made (the parentage of Rev. Thomas Stoughton, etc), yet Judith and William are still accepted as Winthrop ancestors. Its a contradiction, but alot of these ancestral societies have them (I personally know people who have DAR/SAR membership to lines that have been disproved or there is little evidence for).--Daniel Maxwell 11:31, 4 October 2012 (EDT)
'Stoughton researchers' I refer to the series of articles over a 20 year period in TAG, last one in 1963 IIRC. I am not going to dig them out for you. You can do it yourself in a Google search. One version over another? I took no position on the Winthrop Fleet problem. No, in fact we're at square one - there is no proof for Mr Smead's name. Burden of proof was on him, he flopped, and the newer research makes no mention of 'William' Smead. In the world of professional genealogy, newer means better.
It seems to me the issue is you dont want to remove 'research' that has shown to be without basis. I already added one source saying his name is unknown, but if you want to make this an issue - which it shouldnt be, once again making me think you want to troll me - I could add several more.--Daniel Maxwell 12:57, 4 October 2012 (EDT)
You were the only person who 'oversighted' a couple of my edits (when I was WIP on the Allen of Deerfield family and this), and I took it as a sign of nitpicking when you may have just been trying to be helpful. I think I am on guard on Wikis because of my bad experiences with Wikipedia. Thats probably why I come across as so grouchy. I thought you were trying to force keep the bad info (Ive had people who will argue and argue that the IGI or some random GEDCOM website is a 'source'). I am happy to collaborate, in fact I have done so with Jaques on Connecticut genealogy, whom I regard as a grade A contributor who surpasses me by a mile.
The whole reason I came here was so all of the good info would be in one place - everything I put on here goes into my own tree as long as its a direct ancestor (I usually only keep family groups for more recent generations). I hated searching and wasting hours of my time chasing lines into England that turned out to be without a lick of proof. I want to save others this headache by not misleading them that their line continues when it ends at the shore like most of the colonists. Before you quit I thought you might want to collaborate on the Holbrook/Reed line, which we seem to share, but then you quit suddenly.--Daniel Maxwell 15:28, 4 October 2012 (EDT)
Person:John Brockett (4) [24 October 2012]
I've just spent the last three hours working in the spot you mentioned, and have removed something over 160 pages lacking any useful support - and for which I could not immediately find sources. The pages appeared to have originated mostly from big GEDCOM dumps extracted from the ancestral file and/or ancestry. You would be well advised to add some commentary to the other John Brocket page, indicating that prevalence of problematic genealogy for that individual. --jrm03063 01:09, 24 October 2012 (EDT)
A swath of that area that I have tentatively preserved, even though it is very weakly sourced, begins with [Person:Thomas Reade (3)]. Perhaps you will inspect that to see if it contains any further problematic Brocket content? --jrm03063 01:20, 24 October 2012 (EDT)
You took what I said the wrong way. I gave up trying to change Wikipedia years ago. Most of the editors there dont understand genealogy, and I wasnt going to step my foot in the minefield of deleting things.
When I tried to edit WP a few years ago (under a different name), I ran into users practicing WP:OWN (I wasnt allowed to edit 'their' page) or WP:UNDUE (I tried to remove fringe info giving huge weight in a few articles). Instead of trying to hammer out the differences with me, they would instead revert any edit I made even when sourced. I didnt want to play the WP talk page game with a bunch of teenagers, so Ive had to just let the errors stay put.--Daniel Maxwell 04:38, 24 October 2012 (EDT)
One more thing - I'm sorry if I came on a little strong here and elsewhere. I try not to be too invested, but I've done a lot of work to make werelate a much better place, and my efforts and intentions often seem to be misunderstood. WP definitely isn't great genealogically - but if you think about the quality of the Brocket stuff you referred to - and then multiply that several hundred times - you start to get the idea of what things looked like four years ago. Overwhelmingly - WP pages on historical figures particularly - are far better than the crap that came inbound from the various GEDCOM dumpers. Maybe it's a back-handed tribute to that effort, that some folks now see us as WP-centric instead of being a GEDCOM dumping ground. The ills of the former are less than those of the latter.
Also, I really do get the dusty historical society archive / original source principles of the best genealogy. If we havn't done the work on a person XYZ yet - then having the WP page as a basic reference/place-holder isn't the worst sin. I'm just struck that we can't fix the problems inflicted on the world by badly done WP pages and often repeated errors such as those in Savage - by ignoring them. I see it as a sort of research corollary of the adage, "keep your friends close - and your enemies closer".
Thanks again for being here, thanks for listening. --jrm03063 12:48, 24 October 2012 (EDT)
Hume [6 December 2012]
Got your meessage regarding the Hume/Home family. I didn't use the website involved as a "source", I noted it as "citation" instead. The "sources" are noted on the webpages. Just thought I'd add what seemed to be fairly well researched, so if you'd like to correct any of it that you find to be in error, feel free. :)
Just thought since no one else had added this family that I'd help.
Jim--Delijim 14:36, 6 December 2012 (EST)
Yes, like I said I intend to do a major reworking of his entire line as soon as I get ahold of the two part article in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, which remains the definitive source on his descendants. There is an earlier, badly badly flawed book on the Hume family which thankfully wasnt used as a source except on the website I brought up in George Home's talk page.
I have no such excuse for his own ancestors (covered in the various Peerage books - but WR has very poor coverage of nobility) so maybe I will work on it.--Daniel Maxwell 14:43, 6 December 2012 (EST)
speedy delete [19 December 2012]
Good point. I checked two different Andrews sources and they both only had 9 children. Usually in the case of an 'extra' kid I will convert it to another child in the family but they were otherwise all added. I wasnt sure if they would do speedy deletes for 'castaway' children?--Daniel Maxwell 19:32, 18 December 2012 (EST)
Jonas (Jonah) Austin [2 March 2013]
Daniel, I noticed in the watercooler discussion your mention of posting the ancestry of Jonah Austin who migrated to America and ended up in Taunton, MA. While this is not my line I am familiar with it. Back in the late 80's or early 90's, Dennis Austin of Woodside,CA worked and lived in England, during which time he researched his ancestry. The results of his efforts and that of others can be found at http://www.afaoa.org/cgi-bin/display_poi.cgi/n=Dummy?Jonah_Austin_MA@119. His wife was Constance Kent, the widow of William Robinson.
DNA testing has shown his descendants are of Haplogroup J2 as are the descendants of Robert Austin of Rhode Island.
Attempts have been made to link him to various families in Kent without success. So far no one has been iidentified for DNA testing in England. See: the treatise by Pam Griffeths below. An attempt at untangling the Austens of Yalding, Goudhurst and Horsmonden http://www.genealogycrank.co.uk/pdfs/austen_evidence.pdf
If you have real interest in this family, let me know. Scot Austin firstname.lastname@example.org--Scot 12:19, 2 March 2013 (EST)
articles [31 March 2013]
Help:Source page titles: "...most articles have such a narrow focus that they do not really need to have separate source pages devoted to them... a source page may be created for the individual article, using the rules for authored sources. (Use your best judgment.)"
As in many help pages, the very effort to be accommodating creates a recipe for disaster by providing vague and unspecified decision criteria. It should really be revamped by the source committee. Personally, I interpret this to mean that the source page should be created when there is a need to discuss the article, so that having a central page serves a purpose. Since that rarely happens, article-type source pages never were common, hence, I do not look for them. Until jaques1724 and you started creating them, they were practically unknown, most people putting article author and titles in the record field. Additionally, personally, I dislike source pages for articles because if you are in edit mode, there is nothing to tell you the source is an article or a book, so if I am trying to verify something while editing, before saving, I tend to waste a bunch of time searching for a book. I also have a long-standing complaint about the lack of methods for citing a reprint differently than an article, finding that the reprint often contains corrections not found in the original article, and so is significantly different, and should be cited differently. Because of all this, I do not use article pages, nor do I look for them. All this might be suitable as a discussion on the watercooler. --Jrich 10:46, 31 March 2013 (EDT)