Genealogist Gone Bad... new Browning & Forsyth profiles

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I've added two profiles and details about two falsified sources, each of which caught me up at some point, so hoping this helps avoid that for others. Please see  distant (not distant enough) 18th cousin, six times removed, so-called Genealogist [[Browining-2965|Charles Henry Browning]] and his racist fraudster cohort, [[Forsyth-1029|Frédéric Forsyth]], who is no cousin at all, but wrote extensively to position himself as a descendant of the House of Montfort, among others.


WikiTree profile: Charles Browning
in The Tree House by Sunny Clark G2G6 (8.3k points)
retagged by Sunny Clark
I added the 1900 census for Katrina Browning and added their daughter's profile.  Such an interesting story -- I was unaware of him.  Thanks so much for sharing.
This is an entertaining thread! Me like... Browning saturates FamilySearch and it's affecting on of my Ogle/MacDonald profiles... :( Thx for the catch.

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Eek! Thanks for pointing this person out.

I created a new fraud category for him at Category: Charles Henry Browning Fraud (we don't normally put people in the top-level Frauds and Fabrications category) and I started to populate the category. You probably have some good info to add to the description in the category, but do keep the description brief.

I didn't study the sources enough to figure out how bad his work was, but it looks like it may have contaminated a lot of WikiTree profiles.

I would have added the tags fraud and pennsylvania to your question, but you've used all six available tags.

by Ellen Smith G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
Mr. Yves Drolet is the hard-working Genealogist who uncovered the frauds mentioned. I was too tired when I finally got done to make a new category... much appreciated, Ellen! (I just swapped out fraud for fronsac on the tags, too, thanks.)

Ellen Smith , would you be willing to also make a category for Forsyth de Fronsac Fraud, please? Equally widespread. Thanking you in advance!

I could do that later this evening. Is Forsyth de Fronsac the best name to use for the perpetrator?
Thank you... yes, simply Forsyth de Fronsac would be ideal.

I finally created Category: Forsyth de Fronsac Fraud. I put one additional profile in it, but I'm not sure whose genealogy is truly "affected," so I decided it would be best to leave that part to you.

By the way, I think his first name was Frederic, not the French spelling of Frédéric -- that spelling looks like another one of his affectations. I looked him up in AmericanAncestors to see if I could find early records for him in Maine. I didn't find a birth or baptism (I don't actually know if NEHGS has Maine BMD records from this period online). There are plenty of French families in Maine, but the following few items I found are more consistent with an anglophone background:

Thank you, Ellen. Quite right, I'm adjusting his given name, as he was Christened Frederick.

Unfortunately, I can't access any of the records attached from your members-only links (without, at least, providing too much personal detail to American Ancestors for even a guest account).

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