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Monday, September 26, 2011

postheadericon The Mysterious Rachel

This week I received notice from Ancestry.com that someone had sent me a message.  What a surprise.

At this point it looks like my great-great-grandmother, Rachel Marker, had a baby out of wedlock while living in Sumerset County, Pennsylvania where she was born in 1834. 

There are some discrepancies.

RACHEL JANE MARKER SCARLETT WINEBRENNER
Born  03 Aug 1834 Somerset, Pennsylvania
Emigrated to Noble County, Indiana in 1843 with parents and brothers age 9 (lied in obituary?)
Birth of Henry Swarner in 1848 in Somerset, Pennsylvania (She would be just 14.  Did she return to Sumerset from Noble County or was the story in the obit a cover-up?)
Marriage to Horace Greeley Scarlett 19 Jan 1852
Birth of Almon Scarlett 16 Nov 1853
Horace G Scarlett died  25 Mar 1856
Almon renamed Horace Greeley after his father
Marriage to Jacob Winebrenner (next door neighbor) 15 Jan 1857
Births of 6 Winebrenner children 1857 to 1869
Rachel's death 14 Sept 1906 (age 72)

Jacob Winebrenner and Rachel Jane Marker Scarlett Winebrenner

Rachel's obituary.  Part lost.
Saturday, September 17, 2011

postheadericon Oh oh! Moving from Rank Amateur to a Little More Serious

A couple of days ago I read a message in a forum; a forum of scrapbooking friends...not even about genealogy.  This friend was complaining about how she had spent countless hours and a lot of money researching her family's genealogy.  A cousin, then published HER tree, and it was full of errors, undocumented links lifted from other trees, and no proofs.

My friend hit a nerve.  I go to several sites that archive trees of the members and allow sharing, notifying you when there are matches.  It is so easy to just grab those new branches on the trees, and if there is no proofs, oh, well.

Now I have started searching for discrepancies in my lines and found some "impossible" links.  My favorite multiple mistakes are women linked as mothers to children born after their death date.  In one case a man was over 100 years older than his child.

I am unsure whether to try and clean up my tree, or just start over.  Maybe I will do both...a carefully documented tree from scratch, but keep the old tree for reference.