Column: Shining the Spot Light on Glaring Mistakes

Between today and Saturday, my genealogy column, Roots to the Past, is available in the following Atlantic Canada newspapers:

Tuesday: The Kings County Record (Sussex)

Wednesday: The Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin

Thursday: The Western Star (Corner Brook)

Saturday: The Citizen (Amherst)

Saturday: Times & Transcript (Moncton)

Title: Shining the Spot Light on Glaring Mistakes

Snippet: I know a lot of children with great imaginations. If I asked them to map their family tree on a pedigree chart, adding names they’d most like to see, I’m certain they could create several generations of great information. They’d use names of individuals who were positively in their family, exclude siblings they were currently mad at, and guess at other names. They’d probably add a favourite character or superhero. I wonder how many Black Widows and Iron Mans would appear in their family tree.

We can accept make-believe trees from children who have yet to learn the importance of keeping things factual, but adults creating genealogies with obvious fictitious characters is inexcusable. Invented trees are not new to the Internet, but I’m surprised several are found on large, popular sites that should have a system to flag these blatant errors.

. . . To read more, pick up one of the above noted newspapers.

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