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He also found a web site that traces the family tree (according to the info he was given) back to the 1600s, but he couldn't remember how long we've been in the States or anything.
I know I need to confirm this information, but I'm very excited to have some information "fall into my lap!"
Some of us have been "burned" when giving out too much info. I've had cousins copy my tree, changing it to suit themselves and inventing info to fill in blanks, and publish it (including me - a living individual last time I checked!) on the web.
I have some cousins who were unhappy that I didn't just turn over the results of 30+ years of hard work. (We won't mention expense.) I gave them some info, I suggested gaps that they might help to fill in (where they have access to local or regional sources that I haven't been able to consult), and so on. But apparently they didn't want to do any research; they just wanted a 15-generation tree handed to them.
I've had 7th cousins send me gedcoms with thousands of names. I appreciate it, especially for any details and sources relating to our connecting ancestors. But the stuff I dug out myself means a lot more. I "know" the people I've followed through ship records, church records, land records, pension records, etc. --- the ones someone sends me are just names unless I do the research on them.
And on the other hand, some info is a mixed blessing. :-) I started out interviewing (in person, by phone, by snail mail) all living relatives I could find, the oldest first. I got some good information. I got some close information (surname not quite right, dates off.) And I got some very wrong information. It took a long time to find out which was which, and in some cases I'm still looking.
I've had new-found relatives send me a tree, on which I've spotted obvious errors. When I asked about sources, it usually turned out that they'd "found it on the web." Or sometimes they found it in "a book." There's a book (a book! must be true!) that says that my GGG-grandfather's cousin was born in 1620 --- that was the only way the author could fit him into his family tree. A tiny problem is that he died in 1823. :-)
I know the struggles. My great aunt has virtually tons of info in her head but when I asked her to help out she told me no that's she's already done it twice!! Of course, neither of her daughters have released the info to me, so I'm scrounging on my own. Oh well.
I did a little research in the states, but still have tons to do. I plan on working on it a little each week, instead of a week at a time a few times a year. I forget where I'm at and what I've been doing!! lol!
One of my best sources, whose information turned out to be solid gold, was a woman I'd never heard of. I wrote to the small town library to ask if they might have any records on my father's father's family. The librarian sent me a list ---"from a book my mother-in-law has" --- of a couple and their children, and in the middle of the list was my grandfather. I phoned to ask what book her m-i-l had, and the answer was "her family Bible." (!!) Her mother-in-law turned out to be an unknown relative. She sent me pictures of my gr-grandparents & told me about visiting her grandaunts and granduncles
when she was a child. (She was born 1899, died 1977. I found her just in time.)