William Parker 1751-1833 - what to accept

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I adopted a profile for William Parker (Parker-10164), the original gedcom uploader is gone.  She had his birth as 1751 in Malden, Mass. and provides a number of Ancestry links that I cannot see (I am not a subscriber), there were several errors in the spelling of childrens names, but not their DOBs.  The wife was mis-recorded under her married name and not her LNAB.  Based on his children, his wife, his location and the lack of a birth record in Malden, I deem this to be the William Parker born in Groton in 1761 to Oliver and Jane Parker.  Someone argue with me and tell me that I'm wrong.  A link between William and his children is present in his epitath (recorded in Green's "Epitaths"), re-printed in his FaG memorial #83960485.  His birth, marriage and children are echoed in Groton Mass Vital Records.  What am I missing?

I have not touched his profile yet, all of the original info is still there.
WikiTree profile: William Parker
in Genealogy Help by Jack Parker G2G2 (2.8k points)

1 Answer

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Jack, I checked two links from Ancestry and they are not available any more. The reason is not given. It can be for any of several reasons. Sometimes dates or even spellings of names and places might have been transcribed improperly. I ndont blame anyone for the errors, it is just part of what we do. People make honest mistakes and sometimes the mistakes can brutalize your findings. We all go through it. What I do when there are horrible mistakes is that In add the info with a note correcting it when possible. You may want to use first hand information if Possible. Places like Ancestry and FamilySearch are only secondary. They show information for cities, states and countries their info is not their own. Ancestry charges a ridiculous price for sharing public information and FamilySearch will leave you high and dry when someone changes your profiles. They will not help or assist in anyway. That is why WikiTree surpasses both sites, we have people that will help and are very knowledgeable.
by Jerry Dolman G2G6 Pilot (167k points)
edited by Jerry Dolman
Thank you for checking.  I've looked a little deeper at the MVR records, his death age matches the birth date for the son of Oliver and Jane.  I'm going to move forward with that.
That is great Jack. Let us know how the new work works out for you and thanks for adopting his file. I should have told you that form now on that I am going to research on Ancestry and Family but go directly to the sources that they show whenever it is possible and use a more direct source of information. We wish you the best for the profile and all of your work.

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