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From: Jane Davis <>
Subject: Re: [BRE] Internet trees
Date: Sat, 29 Dec 2007 15:09:10 -0700
When doing research, one rule I use is: "There is a little bit of truth in every person's story". It does not matter whether the material we are using is the best the local court house can produce or a verbal tradition handed down through generations of family members, they are all subject to error, for humans did the recording and as humans, we are not perfect.
The first sentence in the Preface of the first book published about the history of the Brethren reads, "History at best is a beggarly gleaner in a field where Death has gathered a bountiful harvest. If we could lift the veil and see the past:...." (p.xi) written by Martin Grove Brumbaugh, A History of the Brethren, 1899. Whether the writer borrowed this from another source is unknown.
In the many years I have researched the Brethren in the Plains states, I have found legal records as well as oral tradition to be helpful. All has been done to the best of the ability of the writer. I am grateful for their past efforts. I have used the internet resources and whatever local records might be available. Sometimes, it is difficult to locate records of any sort for the early Brethren. It was not their nature to leave a paper trail of any sort, including church records. I have found pages cut from council meeting records, legal records that are missing even though the folders are at the courthouses, land transactions entered incorrectly, and names misread when entering census records.
Early census records sometimes recorded extra (nonexistent) families for townships and counties in an effort to increase population numbers for a particular state. The most glaring example of this is the first census taken in Kansas (1855) in which many nonresidents were reported as residents in an effort to sway the vote.
As writers of history today, it seems our job is to do our best with whatever we have available to us and not to lean too heavily on any one, single source as the "correct" one. I am certainly grateful for all the material that is available on the internet. We are all gleaners in the field of history. Jane Davis.
> From: > To: > Date: Sat, 29 Dec 2007 13:45:39 -0700> Subject: Re: [BRE] Internet trees> > I think the main problem with posting your info. on the web is the websites > themselves. Most of them will not let you go back and correct the info. you > posted years ago and i am sure had some errors in it. Like Wayne said below, > I to have about 40 years of genealogy research under my belt. I would > venture to say that at least 50 % of what I had years ago was not good info.> When the internet came along, we all jumped on it looking for info.Lo and > behold some of the internet companys sold CD's that we could look up data, > before that we had the History Centers. Probably 90% of what both of them > had was bad info. But we got our start from them and over the years have > learned to correct our mistakes. As I said earlier, the websites that we > posted to will not let us correct, they want new data that we have, so they > can sell it. Would not be bad if they allowed us to delete old files.> There is my 2 cents worth on this subject.> Mike> ----- Original Message ----- > From: "Wayne Lucore" <>> To: <>> Sent: Saturday, December 29, 2007 12:48 PM> Subject: Re: [BRE] Internet trees> > > > >From one Wayne to another -don't put us all in the same bucket! You > > >imply that anyone who places his research on the internet is to be > > >disdained. I have researched my families connections for over 40 yrs > > >(German Baptist - Brethren background on 3 sides) and my research days > > >are basically over but I placed my tree on World Connect RootsWeb so it > > >may be viewed and questioned - my daughters would not maintain it, nor > > >remember it, after I am gone.> >> > As to originating info we will never correct, I file corrections to my > > listings once or more a month usually.> >> > Wayne Lucore> >> > Wayne Webb <> wrote:> > If you note a certain disdain for Internet researchers then you are> > correct. When it comes to the heritage of Jacob Rohrer and his wife Mary > > it> > was the Internet that created the confusion in the first place. And of> > course the originators of the misinformation will never correct their> > mistakes.> >> > Wayne Webb> > Editor: Brethren Roots> >> >> > ------------------------> > Search the Archives at http://archiver.rootsweb.com/th/index/BRETHREN> > ------------------------> > Support Our Sponsoring Agency> > The Fellowship Of Brethren Genealogists (FOBG)> > For further information contact Ron McAdams mailto:> > ------------------------> >> > -------------------------------> > To unsubscribe from the list, please send an email to > > with the word 'unsubscribe' without the > > quotes in the subject and the body of the message> >> > > > > > ------------------------> Search the Archives at http://archiver.rootsweb.com/th/index/BRETHREN> ------------------------> Support Our Sponsoring Agency> The Fellowship Of Brethren Genealogists (FOBG)> For further information contact Ron McAdams mailto:> ------------------------> > -------------------------------> To unsubscribe from the list, please send an email to with the word 'unsubscribe' without the quotes in the subject and the body of the message
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