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My surname is Wood.  I've found conflicting documentation on my father's grandfather.  The male line I have posted to date is very unverified.  I believe now that my father's grandfather is Frederick (Joshua?) Wood.  But I'm having difficulty finding anything conclusive.  Is there anyone who can help?                 Thank you,
WikiTree profile: Greg Wood
in The Tree House by Greg Wood G2G1 (1.3k points)

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Best thing would be to create a Research Notes section in the profile, probably your grandfather, since it sounds like that is who you are unsure of his parents.  Include the sources that you have for each person and your reasons for questioning what you have found..  The link in this question is for you, so I think you are unsure of the father of James Foster Wood-35179.
by Linda Peterson G2G6 Pilot (531k points)

James Foster Wood, b Feb 6 1907 in Philadelphia, father is James Wood, b in Philadelphia, age 26 and Frances May Dransfield Wood, b in Upland Delaware Co, PA, age 26 - "Pennsylvania, Philadelphia City Births, 1860-1906," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QPH4-6VT6 : 13 September 2019), James Foster Wood, 6 Feb 1907; citing Birth, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, City of Philadelphia, Department of Records, Pennsylvania.

"Pennsylvania Births and Christenings, 1709-1950", database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:HHLC-XH3Z : 15 February 2020), James Foster Wood, 1907.

1930 census in Chester, Delaware, PA, James F Wood is listed as a stepson of John H Aikley, married to Mabel (Mabel isn't listed as mother on birth, so this could be a different family)  James is married with Glanna and 2 children James Jr and Doris

"United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XHSC-3TR : accessed 11 October 2020), James F Wood in household of John H Aikley, Chester, Delaware, Pennsylvania, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 16, sheet 6B, line 68, family 140, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 2029; FHL microfilm 2,341,763.

Head
Male
52
Pennsylvania
Wife
Female
48
Pennsylvania
Son
Male
14
Pennsylvania
Son
Male
16
Pennsylvania
James F Wood
Stepson
Male
23
Pennsylvania
Daughter-in-law
Female
21
New Jersey
Grandson
Male
0
Pennsylvania
Granddaughter
Female
4
Pennsylvania

1920 Census in Philadelphia has John Aikley and Mabel (no children).  James F would have been 13 in 1920, so he should have been with his mother.

"United States Census, 1920," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MXMR-4DD : accessed 11 October 2020), Mable Aikley in household of John Aikley, Philadelphia Ward 44, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States; citing ED 1668, sheet 10B, line 65, family 199, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992), roll 1645; FHL microfilm 1,821,645.

Head
Male
42
Pennsylvania
Mable Aikley
Wife
Female
38
Pennsylvania

1940 Census in Chester, PA has John and Mabel with sons John and Walter Aikley, but Mabel's mother Fannie Dransfield is with them

"United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KQFD-MZR : 26 May 2020), Marcel Aikley in household of John H Aikley, Ward 4, Chester, Chester City, Delaware, Pennsylvania, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 23-19, sheet 1B, line 49, family 28, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 3487.
 
Head
Male
63
Pennsylvania
Marcel Aikley
Wife
Female
58
Pennsylvania
Son
Male
36
Pennsylvania
Son
Male
33
Pennsylvania
Mother
Female
75
Maryland

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