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  • Col John Hinton (1673 - 1731)
    Generation No. 4 4. COLONEL JOHN4 HINTON (JAMES3, JOHN CHAPMAN2, THOMAS1) was born 1673 in ,England, and died June 06, 1731 in Precinct, Chowan, North Carolina, USA. He married MARY HARDY Abt. 1690...
  • Thomas Holcombe (1605 - 1657)
    Thomas lived in Connecticut from 1634 until his death. Thomas Holcomb, the immigrant ancestor, was a freeman in Dorchester, Mass., 14 May 1634. Sold property there in 1665, although he removed to Win...
  • Sir Francis Bryan, II, Justicar of Ireland (1549 - 1640)
    Sir Francis Bryan II had large estates in County Clare, Ireland. Francis Bryan Birth 1549 in Claire, Ireland Death 1 Jun 1640 in Gloucester, Hampshire, Virginia, United States Parents Francis Bryan...
  • Ann Bryan (1560 - 1635)
    Resolve... Birth Date c. //1560 c. //1552 Ann Smith Birth 1560 in Claire, Ireland Death 1 Jun 1635 in Clare, Ireland Family Members Parents William SMITH 1532 – 1578 MrsWilliam Smith 152...
  • Eleanor Crandall (1585 - 1670)
    She is said to have been from Scottish descent. Notes Although listed in many trees as the daughter of Elizabeth Prideaux b 1523 & Robert Drake b 1528 it is not possible be born about 1585 to the...

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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