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Is this information reliable?

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JohnDoe Report 19 Nov 2013 08:02

I have been looking through this pedigree tree that goes WAY WAY WAY BACK! I am wondering if it is even reliable as a guide. It sounds convincing but then it starts to go back to mythology and greek deities of which none exist so that is why I am wondering. Here is the link from one of my distant ancestors. It can be complicated as there is so much but keep following it if you can.


KenSE Report 19 Nov 2013 08:30

Any information you get from someone else's tree needs to be checked piece by piece before you include it in your own tree.

The tree you have found may contain lots of good information but the fact it contains mythological characters indicates that it must be treated with great suspicion.


Reggie Report 19 Nov 2013 10:31

Trust only that which you can prove


DazedConfused Report 19 Nov 2013 13:46

Many people who have been doing this for a very long time, prior to internet would say that you need 3 means to prove that person is yours.

1: Birth/Baptism Cert
2: Above confirming parentage
3: Census details confirming above

Obvioulsy the farther back you go the harder it can be to prove correct line, unless you are very lucky and your ancestors never moved about the country and lived in same village for ever and a day..


JohnDoe Report 19 Nov 2013 17:34

Yes exactly. That is what I mean. It mentions Zeus and such to be quite evidently frank, those Mythical Deities did not exist. So that is why I started to assume. I tried to contact the creator of the site but the email is invalid that I got from the site. It is the same with many other trees. I have found SO many matches by searching and I either get a reply similar to saying "I don't know, I copied it" or I just don't get a reply at all. That is why I turn to these forums to ask for opinions and advice. I am going to be adding the information separate to my confirmed information and I have already made a HUGE note in my sources file about it. :-)


JohnDoe Report 25 Nov 2013 19:42

I would like to contact the person who made this website but his email is invalid. Any ideas?


MarieCeleste Report 25 Nov 2013 19:59

Daniel, I'd say avoid like the plague! Jamie even says himself on the home page:

"PLEASE do not treat the information in this genealogy as authoritative.
Just use it for hints, and research using some of the more reputable genealogical websites which I consulted."

If you follow the links on his site it takes you to his personal homepage. He has a fairly unusual middle name so you may be able to find him by doing some sleuthing.


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 25 Nov 2013 20:06

Editted as look while MC was posting

His Reputable genealogical websites are quoted here

Amongst the lists is the phrase
' There are so, SO, many great contributers to World Connect whose work I have copied that I cannot mention even most of them'
So it appears that at least some of his listings come from other amateur FH's research, and we ALL make mistakes!

You could add to the Guest Book and see if you get a personal reply


JohnDoe Report 26 Nov 2013 20:07

OK. I thank you all for the input. I at the moment am looking at the "A prosopography of medieval European noble and royal families". This provides a large amount of information with 100s and 100s of sources. But as well as this, I usually have many other informative sites up and trees to just help as guides and possible eras.