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  • unknown mother of William Reed, of Woburn (deceased)
    "If you have in mind -- William Reed/Read(e) of Scituate, Dorchester and Woburn, MA, arrived 6 or 8 Oct 1635 on the Defence with wife Mabel (?Kendall?) & children George, Ralph & Justus, d betw 9 A...
  • unknown father of William Reed, of Woburn (deceased)
    "If you have in mind -- William Reed/Read(e) of Scituate, Dorchester and Woburn, MA, arrived 6 or 8 Oct 1635 on the Defence with wife Mabel (?Kendall?) & children George, Ralph & Justus, d betw 9 A...
  • William Reed, of Woburn (1587 - 1656)
    From History of the Reed family in Europe and America  (Google eBook) Jacob Whittemore Reed. 1861. Page 61: WILLIAM READE OF WOBURN, AND HIS DESCENDANTS. William Reade, supposed to be the so...
  • Helene "le Bon" (c.1030 - 1130)
    Helena Wife of Waldron St. Clair (Clare) DOCUMENTATION WANTED! Please post. Some people list Helen as the daughter of Richard III , Duke of Normandy and Adèle , but there are no sources ...
  • Helene, illegitimate daughter of Richard III, Duke of Normandy (1026 - d.)
    Battle Abbey Roll Husee : Hoese, or Hussey. Sir Richard Hoare, in his History of Wilts, gives the following pedigree of this family, taken from an ancient MS. said to have been found among the munime...

Come collaborate and share your knowledge of spurious pedigrees. Add links; add profiles; identify wishful thinking, leaps of fancy, mistakes since corrected but still in circulation ... and outright scams.

There are many reasons that people create fraudulent genealogies:

1. Family members that are trying to hide something or trying to impress someone by making the family history a little more impressive. These stories are then innocently passed down by future generations of family members.

2. Amateur genealogists who have limited genealogical or historical skills and accept others' work without any additional research. Sometimes an amateur is anxious to connect to someone "important" and forces a connection that really is not there.

3. Professional genealogists who are not thorough enough with their research or are not up-to-date "genealogically".

4. A professional crook who's trying to perpetrate a scam. One of the best known in the genealogical world is Gustave Anjou. He lived from 1863-1942 and contaminated as many as 2000 lines. Some of the others that have been identified are Charles H. Browning, Orra E. Monnette, C.A. Hoppin, Frederick A. Virkus, Horatio Gates Somerby and there are others.

How can you protect ourselves against fraud? First you need to make sure that you do not add to the problem. Your research should be thorough and well sourced. Use others' work as a guide, but check the information in the original sources whenever you are able and find out as much as possible about the author/submitter and his/her genealogical background and research methods...

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