We depend upon records to reveal the “truth” about our pasts.
Yet sometimes records have anomalies.
Some are amusing or humorous.
Some are interesting or weird.
Some are peculiar or suspicious.
Some are infuriating, even downright laughable.
Yes, “Records say the Darnedest Things.”
Records Say the Darnedest Things: Pedigree Resource File
Watch “Monday Mailbox” next, for a letter and question from Barbara. (I’m sure there is only one reader of my newsletter named Barbara.:-) Barbara found an interesting entry in FamilySearch’s Pedigree Resource FIle (PRF). Apparently, someone included an obituary in a person’s notes section, then stuck the wrong information in the record!
Here’s bits of the obits:
March 16, 1888
Henry Farley Byerly was born in North Carolina, February 26, 1809. …In October, 1851, he emigrated to DeWitt county, where he has ever since resided…
Henry F. Byerly died at his home in Kenney the 13th inst., aged 78 years, 8 months and 4 days. The burial took place at the Texas Cemetery the 14th.
According to Barbara, Kenney and Texas Cemetery are in DeWitt county, Illinois.
Here’s the PRF record:
- Sources are good. Having the text of the obituary was a powerful anecdote [sic] for the error.
- Compiled trees should be used as finding aids, not sources.
Watch for the full text of Barbara’s letter on Monday. Until then, “records say the darnedest things.”