How do I deal with conflicting records? Margaret Hyndman m. Moses Nelson

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My maternal grandfather's father, William Hyndman Nelson (b. 1897), came to the US with his parents from Scotland in the early 1900s. I can find them in the US Census as Moses and Margratte Nelson. Tracking down their parents was a goal of my grandfather and he had some detailed notes.

The marriage for Moses' parents Moses and Jane McFadden/McFadyen was found in Tullylish, Banbridge, County Down, Ireland (now Northern Ireland). The younger Moses was born in Partick, Lanarkshire (Country of Lanark), Scotland while his son William was born in Johnstone, Renfrewshire (County of Renfrew).

I know that Willam's mother was Margaret Hyndman born circa 1872 (in the 1910 US census she is listed as 37 years). There is a birth record of a Margaret Hyndman, born 8 January 1872 in Cathcart, Renfrew, daughter of John Hyndman and Margaret Henderson. There is a church record of Moses marrying Margaret Hyndman daughter of Andrew Hyndman and Margaret McGaffin/McGoffin.

Any help in this matter would mean a great deal to myself and my grandfather's ghost will rest easy.
WikiTree profile: Margratte Nelson
in Genealogy Help by Andrew Potrepka G2G Rookie (270 points)
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1 Answer

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There were two completely different Margaret Hyndman's both baptized in Renfrewshire in 1872. The second one is your ancestor.

Firstname(s) Margaret
Lastname  Hyndman
Gender  Female
Birthyear  1872
Father's first name(s) John
Father's lastname Hyndman
Mother'sfirstname(s) Margaret
Mother's lastname Henderson
Place  Cathcart
County  Renfrewshire

First name(s) Margaret Ann
Last name  Hyndman
Gender  Female
Birth year  1872
Father's first name(s) Andrew
Father's last name Hyndman
Mother's first name(s) Margaret Ann
Mother's last name Mcgoffin
Place  Abbey Paisley
County  Renfrewshire
by Matthew Fletcher G2G6 Pilot (113k points)
Thank you Matthew. Do you have a source for this information?

I found it on findmypast (behind the paywall so can't give a link) but it's on familysearch too:

Name Margaret Ann Hyndman
Gender Female
Birth Date 12 Sep 1872
Father's Name Andrew Hyndman
Mother's Name Margaret Ann Mcgoffin

"Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950," database, FamilySearch ( : 8 December 2014), Margaret Ann Hyndman, 12 Sep 1872; citing ABBEY PAISLEY,RENFREW,SCOTLAND, reference ; FHL microfilm 6,035,516


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