Julius Billiter

Started by Michael Sortomme on Saturday, February 18, 2012


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2/18/2012 at 2:40 PM

Perhaps we should investigate the work of another genealogist with "special" additions to the Colonial lines: Julius Billiter? He affects many of the Swiss and Germanic lines, here and on ancestry.com. I would like to know if Billiter worked with Anjou. I do know that JWG did travel to Switzerland once per year during the years he was brokering "false genealogies", 1880 to 1920.

2/18/2012 at 3:26 PM

I'd be very interested to know. I came across a note of mine from 1993 that Billeter's original handwritten notes (not just the parts that have been transcribed) are available in 33 films from the library in Salt Lake City.

I was thinking that would almost be worth a special trip!

2/18/2012 at 5:49 PM

You know, maybe we need an "umbrella" project or two on debunking genealogies, as well as classic mistakes genealogy enthusiasts make. There are a lot of old pedigrees in circulation which may have been well enough intended at the time but are since disproven.

We can be the Snopes team!

2/19/2012 at 6:32 AM

So far we have Fake or Prtened Profiles:


And, Fictional Genealogy:


And, of course,

Gustav Anjou, Fraudulent Genealogist:


2/19/2012 at 9:54 AM

http://www.geni.com/projects/Fictional-Genealogy is the portal i wanted and never knew about.

The "fake" profie project to me is joke profiles (Donald duck or my sister Beyonce). That's housekeeping.

2/19/2012 at 10:00 AM

Here's a quick clip of unreliable American sources

According to American Genealogist (July 1976), the following "are so unreliable that nothing they say should be accepted without clear and unmistakable verification": Gustave Anjou, Charles H. Browning, C. A. Hoppin, Orra E. Monnette, Horatio Gates Somerby, Frederick A. Virkus and John S. Wurts.


2/19/2012 at 6:52 PM

Erica, I am all over it!!! Let's get something going, to be sure! Justin, what we are doing just doesn't cut it--especially considering where these pathways connect and don't. People are continuing to use this info and they are the ones doing all this constant merging, causing a bigger mess than we had a year ago! Many of our lines are now so strange--grandfathers that are cousins (well, a few are, these incestuous Colonials) now; the list is endless. I would like to see some stricter guidelines, or something, especially for mad-mergers and curators...

2/19/2012 at 11:26 PM

Go for it. This would be a great project for you guys!

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