Advice before editing this pre-1700 Althauser profile?

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I have information to contribute to the profile of Jacob Althauser. This is what I can add:

  • There is no DOB for this man.  I want to estimate it based on the son's date of birth.

These are the sources I am using:

The son's DOB is shown as 1673.  I want to estimate the father's as 1650.

Should I contact one of the pre-1700 projects or know about any style guidelines before proceeding? Thank you!

WikiTree profile: Jacob Althauser
in Policy and Style by Deb Williams G2G6 (8.6k points)

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The son was married twice, the first time in 1686. The birthdate, 1673, on his profile implies he was married at age 13, which is pretty unlikely (although possible, I have never seen such a young marriage outside of royalty). I suspect a birthdate in the latter 1660s is more likely.

The biography gives a different, earlier, and slightly more credible birthdate for the son, but still, in my view makes him a bit young.

It is unknown, apparently, if there were other siblings, so the question arises was he born early or late in the marriage? This would have a significant effect on the estimate of the father’s birthdate.

The two profiles, of father and son, are either poorly or unsourced, thus providing little basis for estimating a birthdate.
by George Fulton G2G6 Pilot (341k points)
edited by George Fulton

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