With so many fake genealogies out there how can one not do proper research?

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One can spend a lot of time untangling messes when one is confronted with bad genealogies.  See the following findagrave site: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=128725438

With two different Rev. James Alexanders, plus a faked profile as well, and two Robert Alexanders, both born 1604, and a history of trying to make Rev. James Alexander the father of the seven brothers and two sisters who founded the Cecil County, MD contigent of the Alexander clan when he was not, has made things impossible to sort things out.

How can one "assume" a posted genealogy is correct and not do the proper research to sort things out properly?

WikiTree profile: James Alexander
in The Tree House by David Hughey G2G Astronaut (1.7m points)
You cannot assume any of the trees posted are correct without documentation (I am finding an 80% error rate). If one hasn't already read some "how to" genealogy books then that is the place to start. Learn stumbling blocks, terminology, primary sources vs. secondary sources, how to analyze data, where and what kind of data is available.  Or check out scholarly publications, take classes, join genealogy societies & attend seminars if not, then you are up a creek without a paddle. To me it appears that many "genealogists" are more like collectors and not researchers. Find-a-Grave has a lot of errors as do many websites.  The problems you mention can apply to almost every family, that is one of the reasons why WikiTree emphasizes documentation and cooperation.  It requires a lot of extra time and effort but will be worth it in the long run. Keep the faith!

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Best answer
Yes,back in 1600 it can be tough,Many people born around same year,

with the same names.Often they are cousins in a different family line.

I once had 5 people,same name ,lived in same Parish.The largest problem

is Family Tree"s that are not proven.Then people will copy what they have.??
by Wayne Morgan G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
selected by David Hughey

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