Category: Research Mistakes

Mistakes made during research

Fraudulent History, or, Facts Are a Stubborn Thing

Fraudulent History, or, Facts Are a Stubborn Thing

In 1770, John Adams stated as part of the legal defense of British soldiers involved in the Boston Massacre:

“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence: nor is the law less stable than the fact.”[1]

Facts are indeed stubborn things.  They exist whether or not we wish them to, and no matter what we do, or how we attempt to hide them, the facts will always lurk below the surface, waiting to strike against those who wish to keep them submerged.

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Wilford Lucas Busby, Born 1678 in… WHERE?!?!

Wilford Lucas Busby, Born 1678 in… WHERE?!?!

Today I was just fiddle farting around with my wife’s family line and decided to trace her line back through the links provided on Find A Grave.  I was just meandering around this virtual cemetery, clicking on parents of parents, when I came across one of those oddities of time, space, and idiocy. Continue reading “Wilford Lucas Busby, Born 1678 in… WHERE?!?!”

Bad Genealogy Research

Bad genealogy research appears to be popping its ugly head all around lately, in message boards, in conversations, online, and even in lectures.

I was contacted by a distant cousin asking if I knew anything about a Martin Van Buren Edens who had served in the Union army.  I looked in my tree and did not find him, so I looked on Ancestry to see if there was a connection somehow, and there is an apparent connection to my family dating back to the very early 1800s. Continue reading “Bad Genealogy Research”