PGM Changes to profile of John Deane
It took me a while to figure out that PGM stands for “Preserving a Genealogical Mess.” ™ It’s been over a year since S Wilson posted a comment to try to clean up this specific genealogical mess ™ on July 3, 2015, and the level of paralysis achieved by the PGM team in preserving the mess of relationships and people that have never been documented by any peer reviewed source is truly impressive. I’m glad we are taking a stand to preserve artifacts based on no evidence generated by random noise!
I remember playing telephone with a circle of children as a child. I’m sure everyone has. One child whispers some data to the child next to him or her who whispers it to the next child and so on around the circle until the final child gets the message. By the end of the circle a complete mess is made of the original data. We call this entropy. Just like the game of telephone internet trees are copied from one site to the next ad ad nauseum introducing entropy at every step creating a wonderful fictitious genealogical mess. ™
Naysayers like Robert Charles Anderson claim that only 15% of our New England ancestors have known English Origins but we can prove him wrong citing unsourced trees! Here on PGM 100% of our New England Ancestors have English Origins. And better yet they all go back to Magna Carta Barons, royalty of all kinds and if you trace them back far enough to Adam and Eve themselves! We need to make sure these relationships are not severed based on his “evidence.” After all – how can Robert Charles Anderson prove that a person’s grandmother was not a deVere, Gray, FitzWalterm, or de Bohun??? He cannot!!! These are traditions that have been passed down for generations that a small minded man of base descent simply cannot understand. We need to preserve the royal heritage we so richly deserve! We don’t need his stinking evidence!
On Wikitree each PGM profile has at least 15 children and we have four copies of each profile! Clearly this proves we have a far larger database than Robert Charles Anderson will ever have! Why stop at 15 children? With 26 letters in the alphabet why not add a child with a name starting with each letter? Abraham, Bathilde, Cedric, Dexter, etc. Can’t think of a name? Get out the old phone book for the family bible – they are full of names! Can Anderson prove they don’t exist? I think not.
No other site is doing such a superlative job at preserving and sharing genealogical messes like the PGM team on Wikitree. I think the GENI and Werelate have folded to the evil powers of logic and peer reviewed evidence and cleaned up almost all vestiges of Genealogical Messes ™ completely destroying our Internet Heritage. I think that is wrong and we should fight it and preserve these genealogical messes forever so they can be copied from site to site for the next 1,000 years. Do it for our children, our grandchildren and our great grandchildren!
We will not go quietly into the night and succumb to evidence, peer review and logic. We shall fight on! If we can clog the works on this specific genealogical mess for a year just think of how many thousands of other genealogical messes on Wikitree will languish in paralysis. And think of how many thousands of researchers who have copied this genealogical mess over this past year under the authority of the name “wiki”-tree.
This specific case of John Deane should in my humble opinion be used as a heuristic example by which all future PGM projects should be measured. It is the pride of PGM. This debate started on July 3, 2015 and here we are proudly on July 7, 2016 over a year later protecting our genealogical mess. Let’s raise the bar – I think we can keep this going for at least one more year. Embrace that challenge Wikitree PGM team! Never merge! Never detach a child! Never detach a parent! We can do it!