Advice before editing this pre-1700 Day profile?

+2 votes

I have information to contribute to the profile of Robert Day. This is what I can add:

  • Parents of Robert day are (father)Richard Robert Day 1 born 1575 in Kilburn Yorkshire England in 1575, (mother) Anna Kirby born 1579 in Kilburn Yorkshire England . They was married in 1600 in same place as birth
  • Robert died in 1628 and Anna died in  1609 . 

These are the sources I am using:

  • Ancestry family trees

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

WikiTree profile: Robert Day
in Genealogy Help by Jennifer Sternberg G2G Rookie (240 points)
retagged by John Atkinson
Hi Jennifer, I've added the pgm tag to your question as that is the project involved in the profile of Robert Day
Thank you for retagging, John Atkinson.

I concur with C-H's assessment below.

1 Answer

+9 votes
Best answer

Hi Jennifer:

As discussed here, a family tree on Geni, Ancestry, MyHeritage, Family Search, or any other user-generated tree (like WikiTree itself) is not a reliable source for a pre-1700 profile. If the Ancestry family tree you are using itself cites actual primary or reliable secondary sources, then cite and use those sources - but we cannot rely just on the Ancestry family tree itself.

Moreover, regarding the specific addition you are proposing, note that the profile for Robert Day right now, under "Disputed Origins", has the following:

"Disputed Origins

Richard Day and Anna Kirby. Richard Day had a son Robert baptized 09 Jun 1604 at St. Mary, Kilburn, Yorkshire, England. One baptism does not a connection make. There are a half dozen other Robert Days baptized, recorded in currently indexed (at Family Search) in England between 1603 and 1606. We don't known which one is the father of the immigrant."

by Living Geschwind G2G6 Mach 8 (83.9k points)
selected by Lucy Selvaggio-Diaz
Thank you for the very thorough answer, C-H.
Furthermore, it is extremely unusual, except for royalty, to have a middle name in the late 1500s. That is another clue to question the authenticity of the data purporting to connect this Richard to the subject Robert Day.

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