Error, in the connection of the month.

+4 votes

I happened to be poking around the connection of me to Ben Kingsley who is the wikitree, connection of the month. 

I found it interesting the conection is through both Douglas Fairbanks Jr and Joan Crawford.  I even did a bit of work adding the maternal grandparents of Douglas Fairbanks Jr.

However while looking at the page of actress Joan Crawford aka Lucille LeSueur. I noticed an error, which is on the line of connection to me and probably a few others.

Her parents are listed as Thomas LeSueur and Unknown.   

With Thomas's parents listed as James LeSueur and Anna Bell Johnson. 

However Anna Bell Johnson is not Thomas LeSeuer's mother, she's actually his wife.   

As evidenced by Joan Crawfords marriage record to Douglas Fairbanks

"New York, New York City Marriage Records, 1829-1940," database, FamilySearch ( : 20 March 2015), Douglas Fairbanks and Lucile Le Sueur, 03 Jun 1929; citing Marriage, Manhattan, New York, New York, United States, New York City Municipal Archives, New York; FHL microfilm 1,653,830.

It is also listed in the marriage record of Joan Crawford's brother, Hal

"California, County Marriages, 1850-1952," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 28 November 2014), Tom Le Sueur in entry for Hal Hays Le Sueur and Kasha Haroldi, 16 Sep 1931; citing Orange, California, United States, county courthouses, California; FHL microfilm 2,051,085.

I sent a message to the profile manager, informing them of the error.  I'm sure it was simply a case of someone hitting the wrong button, by accident.  I've done that too.

I guess it helps to actually look at the line of connections.  Had I not taken a closer look, that might have not been caught.  Sometimes I worry about pointing out errors in other peoples genealogies,  as I've heard stories of people actually getting quite offended. 

Earlier today I pointed out a incorrect death date, which was off by 20 years. I did send the person a link to a familysearch record, stating the right death date.

I guess that brings up a question for the group.  Have you ever had an experience where someone has gotten offended or angry when you've pointed out a mistake they've made? 

 We're all human, we all make mistakes.  But not everyone likes their mistakes pointed out.

Recently I had an entire branch of my family wrong as I had connected the wrong child to the wrong parents.  But it took my years to find my mistake, when I was putting in sources for that profile. I wish someone would have told me years ago. 

Well enough rambling for now.



in The Tree House by Craig Albrechtson G2G6 Mach 8 (84.8k points)
I think you have raised a challenging issue for us, which is that when we do our family tree it really forms part of our sense of identity and we become emotionally attached to our ancestors. That makes it really hard to be dispassionate when analysing new evidence or sources to ensure our work accurately reflects new information as it emerges. It also raises the issue of how we as WikiTreers handle issues when we discover them - being sensitive to give people space to form their own conclusions while not totally tippy toeing around a problem.

Please log in or register to answer this question.

Related questions

+1 vote
1 answer
40 views asked Sep 5, 2018 in Genealogy Help by Ruthann Brown Fuller
+5 votes
1 answer
113 views asked Dec 24, 2016 in Genealogy Help by Mark Kloskey G2G Crew (310 points)
+5 votes
0 answers
+4 votes
2 answers
+3 votes
0 answers

WikiTree  ~  About  ~  Help Help  ~  Search Person Search  ~  Surname:

disclaimer - terms - copyright