Conflict between Ancestry Tree & Family Search Ancestral Record for Dollie Maye (Wilkins) Briggs

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Hello G2G,

I've adopted a profile and using it to research Amercian records, makes a break from the UK!

Dollie Maye Briggs nee Wilkins has a possible match on a Family Search Ancestral File K76K-S5 and there are a few trees on Ancestry that I've combined data from for another potential match. Both sets agree on family names, order of birth of siblings etc but the dates are very different. 

Does anyone have advice on which, if either, to trust? The census returns match with Ancestry, but I guess that is where the data came from to create the trees.

Thank you ! indecision

WikiTree profile: Dela Briggs
in Genealogy Help by Alison Wilkins G2G6 Mach 2 (29.9k points)
retagged by Keith Hathaway

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To follow up on Holly's answer, I primarily use the search function on Ancestry to find source records. The only time I use the family trees posted there is to see what source records they have attached to the profiles on their family tree. In that regard trees  can be an alternative way to find legitimate records. I strongly suggest you not use unsourced family trees. So as Holly has said, see which service provides the most source records for the profile you are researching.
by Doug Lockwood G2G Astronaut (2.4m points)
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In the beginning of my family research i didn't have a clue on even what to do or how to start, it felt like i was in a race to learn as much as i could and was loving every minute, then i started finding things not matching what little bit my sistervand i knew, we really needed some information fas and others had, some so i assumed they knew more then me, then found out i better do my own research, however i did get a clue on what was going onnand how searches need to be done, then we can share it to get ghd right conclusion. Thankyou all. I think if we all help each other out then we will all benefit from the knowledge we give each other. Pat









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Ah, the source issue!! Both familysearch and ancestry are entered by members who are falliable. Sounds like the family is correctly noted, but not necessarily with correct dates. If ancestry agrees with census record, then it is probably correct. Always wise to view or find the original source documents and verify for yourself if at all possible.
by Anonymous Knight G2G6 Mach 3 (35.5k points)
Census Data is a good start and helps you find where to look for more primary sources - if they were in one place for a couple censuses they probably have other records there - birth of children, marriages, buying and selling land or homesteads,probate, other court matters so go to that county seat and their vital statistics and see if you can access or request any of that information to confirm the dates - good luck

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