Just a random rant today. But sometimes I wonder just where some of the crud we find in online family tree's come from.
I was looking at information on the actress, Virginia Mayo. She's a distant cousin of mine and someday I'd like to attach her to the tree. At the moment, I'm lacking in sources for a couple of the crucial family links, which is why I was looking her up.
But on ancestry there are no less than 3 trees, where it has her husband as President Ronald Reagan.
I thought it was pretty common knowledge that Reagan was married twice, once to Jane Wyman and once to Nancy Davis.
And for the record, Virginia Mayo was married once to Actor Michael O'shea.
Yes Reagan and Mayo starred in a movie together, 1952's, "She's Working her way through College"
But that's it, I've never even heard a rumor they were involved in any way shape or form. Perhaps they dated for a time, but I've never heard of that.
So i find myself, scratching my head, just how those two ended up married in an ancestry family tree.
That's almost as good as one of the entries for an ancestor of mine who lived in the 1700's that states he was married 5 or 6 times and had between 30 and 40 children. That's ignoring the fact that several of the children are repeated.
So...When it doubt....Verify, Verify Verify, because there is at least a small chance that the person who did the tree you're looking at, was a total nutcase.....
End of rant...have a nice day.