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fraserbooks Report 19 Jul 2006 15:48

Sign me up. My grandmother was Louisa Blacker from Midsummer Norton in Somerset. Blacker is quite an unusual name in these parts so you would think family history would be easy. However there was another Blacker family or a different branch of the same family who are everywhere, rootsweb, member submitted IGI records, ancestry world tree, buy one get one free at the co-op. Tesco's weekly special.. Who ever has been tracing this family has borrowed some of my relatives as well. Latest discovery was my great grandfather with age guessed from third marriage which would have made him eight when he married my great great grandmother in a Mormon sealing of the dead. However I did ask one of my relatives if I could have a family report instead of a gedcom and she has just airmailed me a 16 page family tree from Australia, bless, but it did make me feel a bit guilty


Barbra Report 19 Jul 2006 15:51

would SPRIM sound better The Society for the PRevention of Internet Misinformation? Barbara

*** Fuzzy

*** Fuzzy Report 19 Jul 2006 16:02

Oh OC, You are definately not on your own, I gave someone some info of a ggg grandmother we shared and she let me have a look at her tree, I could not believe the errors she had made, one woman had been put down marrying completely the wrong groom!!! One couple had the wrong children attached to them and when I tried to tell her she just didn't want to know and hasn't changed any details in her tree. She had got all her info from the IGI and the census records, not a single certificate to back up her research!! Fuzzy x


Margaret Report 19 Jul 2006 16:02

I have a distant ancestor who left her husband and children and ran away with her husbands cousin. It's actually the husband and cousin who are related to me. She eventually married the cousin years later after her husband had died. I have had at least three members of her descendants (from her first marriage) contact me and they always have her as dying at the time she left hubby. I am also in contact with a descendant, and have been for some years, of the second marriage. There is no record of any death in the indexes and anyway I have a copy of her second marriage cert. I know it is the right person as her fathers name is quite unusual. They refuse to believe me even though I have offered to send them the proof. They were obviously brought up to believe this cock and bull story when she left home, probably her children were told that she had died. They just end contact. I asked one of them, why, if he wasnt prepared to maybe find a skeleton in the cupboard did he start looking into his family history. No answer! Margaret

Merry Monty

Merry Monty Report 19 Jul 2006 16:07

Where's my PM with a suggested membership fee of minus £10 per annum????? Merry

Kim from Sandhurst

Kim from Sandhurst Report 19 Jul 2006 16:09

Sign me up now!!!! Feel sorry for anyone who contacts my blood sister on here, dread to think what info they would get! She hasn't even got our fathers name or birth date correct!!! and she lived with him, I didn't!!! and I'm not going to tell her!!! pmsl Kim :-))))


Reggie Report 19 Jul 2006 17:19

Sign me up..immediately, if not sooner. If I had a quid for every time I've seen the words ..'My Uncle/aunt/gran/neighbour's dog said..................', I'd have been the one buying GR instead of ITV getting their hands on it Reg

Gwyn in Kent

Gwyn in Kent Report 19 Jul 2006 17:35

Please sign me up too. Wonderful though the internet is, information spreads so easily and mis information even faster. Person A in UK sends misinformation to Person B and cousin, Joe. Joe tells his cousin in Australia who makes contact with someone in UK, previously contacted by A.......and that's it. It must be fact. Even people the other side of the world have the same information, so it must be true. Does the Society give guidance re. making people understand that back in 1800s, dead men could not father children? Gwyn


Jean.... Report 19 Jul 2006 17:37

O.C.....Ohh have you not got enough to do. Put me down.........but I want a banner.... Jean

Glen In Tinsel Knickers

Glen In Tinsel Knickers Report 19 Jul 2006 17:41

Merry, MINUS £10 fee???!!! Have Heather and myself taught you nothing? Is it heatstroke or too much wine,there must be a reason for this atrocious fee suggested!! Gllen


Crafty Report 19 Jul 2006 17:54

please may I sign up too? My qualifications are... Another member of the family submitted a marriage, with all references, to the BMD site and is therefore now on Ancestry. Only problem is, this marriage didn't take place in this country! The reference was for a birth! Sue

Glen In Tinsel Knickers

Glen In Tinsel Knickers Report 19 Jul 2006 18:04

Heather, HEATHER where for art thou Heather. Got a whizzo idea for a TV Series,but need you on board,it's been signed up for 6 years worth or re-runs on UK TV Docs and UK TV Gold and it's all ours!!!! Plotline Take all internet cockups for family trees,add dry ageing presenter et voila!! 'It'll be alright on the net!' Good eh? Also a quiz show based format. You have 22 birth refs and no idea which one is any good,you discard them at random till only one is left. 'Lead or no lead' Really needs a presenter with a beard for that one though. Glen

Glen In Tinsel Knickers

Glen In Tinsel Knickers Report 19 Jul 2006 18:23

Don't stop me now!!! You trace the history of a has been celebrity via booking references taken from their agent.Of course sources of out-takes are used (censored returns) and references from their agent,staing which stage they died on! 'Who do you think you were?'


Heather Report 19 Jul 2006 18:26

I love it. All my years of sweating over this boy and suddenly my lifes work is coming to fruition but have I created a monster? (The way the menopause is treating me, I could do the presenter for Lead no Lead)


Heather Report 19 Jul 2006 18:28

But Glen, just a word from the Master, look at Phoenix' thread re personalised family crests/coats of arms - now that could be big money for us. Oooh did I say that out loud? Luckily O.C.'s intellectual sounding heading for this thread may confuse the 'we dont want this to be a chat board' contingency.

Merry Monty

Merry Monty Report 19 Jul 2006 18:33

Luckily I didn't hear that.......................... Glen.......a membership fee of minus £10, means Olde Crone gives me the £10 and not the other way about!! Merry

An Olde Crone

An Olde Crone Report 19 Jul 2006 18:35

Its not even as if I am asking anyone to suspend disbelief - its THERE, in the Parish Register... Oh, sorry, forgot - no need to buy certs, look at PRs, its all there on the Net in black and white. (But the death isn't....) Glen, can I offer up my Holden family as per IGI submitted tree for your first programme of 'Who the Hell were THEY?' My 4 x GGM had 44 children, married her own son, (five years before he was born) joined the Mormon Trek, where she married again (twice on the Trek), the third time to a man called Presley, which of course makes me related to Elvis. Whilst in the wagon train, she absented herself several times to nip back to dear old Blighty, give birth to a few more children, sometimes five in a year and no twins. She died in England but that didnt stop her rejoining the Trek, where no-one had missed her, cos she had also given birth seamlessly on the Trek as well, in her absence. In one spectacular year, she gave birth to two daughters, a day apart, walking 12 miles in one direction to have one baptised, coming home, dropping the next and walking the same day 8 miles in the other direction to have the other baptised - with the same name. Spose it stopped all the confusion - if you have 44 children, you'd better give them all the same names, then you wont forget any. Miracles never cease, cos she had her last child at the age of 69, two years after she had died. OC

Glen In Tinsel Knickers

Glen In Tinsel Knickers Report 19 Jul 2006 18:47

Boy this is getting better. Just imagine,a weekly series with cliffhanger endings, (puts on theatrical deep deep voice) 'will she make it from the baptism in time to pop the next one out?All will be revealed next week in Who the hell were they?' Then there is the kids book range Heather and i have been writing,with cute and cuddly characters such as Bob the birth ref hunter Derek death index Mary the marriage maker and finally St George House Square,the district officer Oh the possibilities,could be a geographical education tool as well


Heather Report 19 Jul 2006 18:59

Sorry, got called to water wilting plants. Whilst doing that Glen, I thought if Im going to let my beard grow for one show, what about another based on dubious IGI records submitted by LDS church members - 'Seal, no Seal'? I have to say there are endless opportunities for money er for education here Glen. The books, brilliant idea and I guess wed do merchandising to go with them. Ed the dead thread maker? With the follow up edition of 'Ill be back'.


Andy Report 19 Jul 2006 19:00

Let me join, and give the IGI a kick. I've seen the parish records, I know stuff they have about my family is incorrect, but will they correct it? WIll they 'eck!