Trouble sourcing my grandfathers siblings

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Family history can be messy!  I have been unable to source my grandfather Cameron Towne's siblings, Leonard is one of them. All of that generation were born at home, on the farm in Canada, no record found. George Town lost the farm gambling, he deserted the family, children were put in Nazareth Orphanage. Mother Jessie, left for the US, my grandfather could not get his siblings out. The only "record" that I have is from a genealogist who sourced the children being put in the orphanage, one girl may have been adopted. My brothers, sister and 48 Towne first cousins, are aware of the "mess",  #1 How much do I post, and #2 is the orphanage info. told to me, enough for a source?
WikiTree profile: Leonard Town
in Genealogy Help by Barbara Towne G2G2 (2.5k points)
retagged by Ellen Smith

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(1) I'd revise the tale to be from a third person perspective, because you're writing for a public profile - like you'd see on Wikipedia. Otherwise, the story of a person's life and its aftermath seems to be 100% relevant to his biography - if you're comfortable putting all of that into a public biography, I think it's great!

(2) It's an infinitely better source than no source, or un-sourced family trees, which is all that many profiles have. For formatting second-hand information that has been told to you, the style guide provides an example here:
by Anonymous Pease G2G6 (9.3k points)
selected by Barbara Towne
Thank you for the link, that was helpful! I will work on rephrasing the complicated situation. Great point on Wikipedia, I had not considered that.
+6 votes

This has a different birth date but the same parents.


Source Citation for Ontario, Canada Births, 1858-1913

Ontario, Canada Births, 1858-1913

Name Leonard Towne
Date of Birth 30 Apr 1910
Gender Male
Birth Place Glengarry, Ontario, Canada
Father's Name George Towne
Mother's Name Jessie Tyo
by Patricia Stockley G2G6 Pilot (124k points)
Thank you! Did you find that on Family Search or another source?
I found it on  Plus I added some sources directly to the profiles of some of the other siblings.
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Mary Lilian Eleanor Towne

 in the Ontario, Canada Births, 1858-1913

VIEWOntario, Canada Births, 1858-1913

      Name: Mary Lilian Eleanor Towne
      Date of Birth: 3 Apr 1912
      Gender: Female
      Birth Place: Stormont, Ontario, Canada
      Father's name: George Towne
      Mother's name: Jessie Tajo

      Source Citation

      Archives of Ontario; Series: MS933; Reel: 65

      Source Information Ontario, Canada Births, 1858-1913 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2010.


      by Eddie King G2G6 Pilot (599k points)
      Amazing, no one in two generations of the family knew that her name was Mary, great detective work! Thank you.

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