What is the accuracy of Alva Tuthill's "Tuthill Lines in America"?

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I have a copy of "Tuthill Lines in America" that I have been working from for my Long Island/Southold/Wading River branch of the family and I keep finding discrepancies in parent child relationships.  Examples are the children of John(-5) and his son John(-98); and the children of Henry(-7) and his father Henry(-60).

Does anybody know how accurate Alva's information is and would anybody like to work with me to try and sort this out?
in Genealogy Help by Jennifer Lapham G2G6 Mach 1 (13.0k points)

I don't know the answer to your questions, but I do know the book you are questioning was published in 1968. In 1990 there was a book published that was based on the 1968 book. The new book is titled "Tuttle Family in America..." Maybe that new book has some updated information? Links to these two books are here: Tuttle-Tuthill Lines in America 

It seems you have answered your own question: "I keep finding discrepancies." The book may ok for clues, but it sounds like everything should be verified before being accepted.

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I think my dad was asked for some information for this first book. Most he saw in the book was accurate according to our line, but there were some errors he noticed later. Not many, but the information, like other sources needs some back up and observation.

There were a few Tuttles of the same age and name that were not the same people. These sometimes were mixed up. I see on Wiki the same errors. So frustrating and I hate to think we are just duplicating the errors.

Hope we all check and keep an open mind when we are doing our charting.

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