I am trying to find proofs for James Campbell. Thank you.

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According to some information I have found, he was born in 1746 in Ireland and died in 1810 in South Carolina.  Thank you.
in The Tree House by Laura Worsham G2G1 (1.6k points)
Hi Laura. I see he is in WikiTree. It makes it easier to find the person if you can paste the URL for the profile in the box for it under the Question box.

I see your current info comes from My Heritage. Was any of that documented? Do you have any educated guesses on what county or district he died in? I see you have the wife passed away in Union County. Was that documented?

I see a few potentials but each was eliminated either by date of death or the children listed.

Given that this is a common name and there isn't yet much documented by which to research, my suggestion would be to move 'downstream' to Robert or whichever of Robert's offspring is your line and do solid and thorough sourcing on that person first.

My Heritage site and Family Search trees are not solid sources of information because they are user submitted and frequently full of errors. That's why I suggest go downstream to the point you can find rock solid primary source documentation of birth, marriage and death with dates and locations. Then work backward from that fully sourced person. This will avoid the trap of falling into someone else's not so good genealogy "research" and then creating an inaccurate tree.

This page in WikiTree resources may help you: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Help:Sources
Thank you for your great response and for helping me learn more on what to do.  And I just finished telling someone about My Heritage and Family Search as not solid but may give ideas and directions to search.

I did start my research with my great x2 grandfather, Jacob Campbell, Campbell 28167, and did my own research backward.  I searched US Censuses and FindAGrave (which I know is only as good as the person submitting also) and this led me back to Robert Campbell.  I am currently looking for proofs other that a My Heritage site that I found some errors on to better prove Robert - Campbell 29830 - to James.  

I also need to go back and correct some of my sources now that I have found more reliable ones.  Thank you T Stanton for your support.
Hi Laura. You might also get some assistance from the Southern Colonies project for which basic info is here https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Project:US_Southern_Colonies

From this page you can find links to additional resources as well as join the project which I would encourage you to do. South Carolina gets tricky...I know from my own parts of ancestry in the state. There are some great people involved with this project and I am sure they can give you good pointers and lend a hand on some things.

Thanks for helping build our WikiTree.

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Thanks for posting this question -- Laura and I have recently discovered we are 'distant cousins', both related to the Jacob Augustus Campbell that is mentioned here.  I have also been searching for more information on the Robert and James Campbell that are mentioned.  I have some further information on James, from a Northern Ireland Family History Society, but haven't yet posted it to WikiTree, as I've been waiting to document the Robert-to-James link first (I'm not quite sure yet that I'm related to James).  I'm now realizing that this information may be of interest to others, so I'll plan to post it soon.
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