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  • Unity Susannah Martin (West) (1658 - 1708)
    Unity (Susannah) West (b. 1657), married George Martin.
  • John Smith, of Rivenhall (c.1370 - 1446)
    John Smith (died 1446) married Millicent Leynham, their sons: Hugh & Thomas. He became known by Victorian era descendants as John Carrington alias Smith, but that was disproved by 1910. A coat of arm...
  • Cecilia Weston (1488 - 1573)
    Unfortunately this link is highly questionable and may have been fabricated circa 1632 for the benefit of Richard Weston, 1st Earl of Portland. At the very least, he had a pedigree drawn up and engross...
  • John Flanders (Immortal 32 Gonzales Ranger) (1801 - 1836)
    from: 'FLANDERS, JOHN (1800–1836). John Flanders, Alamo defender, son of Levi and Mary (Sargent) Flanders [SIC: not his parents, see comments] was born in Salisbury, Massachusetts, in 1800...
  • Nicholas Hopkins, of Norfolk {fictional} (c.1548 - d.)
    Nicholas Hopkins was born about 1548 in Norfolk, England and died between 1585 and 1651 in London, Middlesex, England. Parents: unknown Married: in 1600 [after he was dead??] in London, England...

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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