How will I be able to fill huge gaps in my family tree as it stands

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I have looked at details of my family tree which has huge gaps in dates etc., and mis-spellings. Will I ever be able to flesh out the missing items and correct spelling errors which complcate further research?
in Genealogy Help by Raymond Jones G2G Rookie (220 points)
Hi Raymond. Is this a question about a specific WikiTree technology, or about genealogy research?
Raymond, what are some of the profiles that frustrating you most? Maybe a few fresh eyeballs could shed some new light?

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Hi Ray,

If you are looking for exact dates - then there is a good possibility you will never find many of them. Additional research and common sense can help create reasonable estimates until a record (if one exists) can be found.

As far as spellings, I would suggest the only 'correct' spelling is the one the person chose to use - if they could write...

I don't think there has ever been a genealogist, amateur or professional, that has not struggled with choosing one of a dozen recorded spellings to use for an individual or family, or with discrepancies of dates and places.

Hopefully this is not telling you how to suck eggs, but In my opinion the best strategy is to research groups and not individuals. To reuse an example I have given before, in my research I could not find a particular family in a particular census under any of the alternate spellings that made sense - but I knew from other records what families they intermarried with, were neighbours with, went to church with and by expanding my net to look for this micro-community I was able to find the missing family who had been enumerated that year as 'Groulx' instead of 'Sproul'.
by Rob Ton G2G6 Pilot (274k points)
Great example, Ron, of what E. S. Mills calls the FAN club-- Friends And Neighbors. I used this approach, too, (before I knew what a FAN club was) to find my ancestors.

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