Advice before editing this pre-1700 Stratton profile?

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I have information to contribute to the profile of John Stratton. This is what I can add:

  • Extending the family line.

These are the sources I am using:

  • If someone has better sources, please point me in that direction.

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

WikiTree profile: John Stratton
in Genealogy Help by Kimberly Lindsay G2G3 (3.8k points)
retagged by Gillian Thomas
Hi Kimberly,

Thanks for your question. I've added a couple more tags so that hopefully the Virginia experts will see your post!

Ancestry has a digitized book called A Book of Strattons : being a collection of Stratton records from England and Scotland, and a genealogy  which has what is supposed to be a transcribed will for Benjamin Stratton who died in Northumberland County, VA in 1716, naming a son John.  More research is needed but this might be the John Stratton of the profile.  

The Library of Virginia has four land records for Benjamin which might provide additional information at LVA Discovery - Benjamin Stratton (

For those people who don't have access to HathiTrust also has the 2 volumes of this book, and FamilySearch at least has volume 1, and probably volume 2.

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Family Search/ a FamilySearch tree alone is not an acceptable source for a pre-1700 person.  If there are documents/records for this person in Family Search then they should be listed as sources.
by Kathie Forbes G2G6 Pilot (378k points)
selected by Loretta Morrison
What is an acceptable source?

Original sources, such as birth, marriage, death records if available. I haven't checked source for this Stratton except that he isn't in any of my Stratton family records that I've found so far.

I'm a member of the Southern Colonies pre-1700 profiles project,  so I'll try to find some time today to check for sources for him.
A birth/baptism or death record, a will or land record that connects parent and child, a census that shows family members (not just heads of household),  or a marriage record that names a parent are some examples

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