Category: Erroneous Genealogy - Robert Angus Tompkins

Categories: Erroneous Genealogy


Some of the work of Robert Tompkins has been found to be innacurate or conflated. Profiles with this category have been found to have some error or conflation that was obtained from one of the books written by Robert Tompkins:

He wrote the massive 14 volume "The Clan of Tomkyns," and the Los Angeles Public Library scanned and uploaded it to the net. The Tompkins FtDNA Y-DNA group has a good explanation of the problem with these volumes:

Some of the myths have been perputated by the work of Robert Angus Tompkins. While some of his work and assumptions may be accurate, a lot is not. The Los Angeles Public Library has been able to digitize ten typescript volumes of "The Clan ofTomkyns" by Robert Angus Tompkins as well as four additional volumes by him which are called "The Clan of Tomkyns, Descendants of Girls", all published by him in 1957. All are in pdf format and are large files. The link is http://www.lapl.org/central/tomkyns.html. The Clan of Tomkyns is a good place to start looking for your lineage, but additional documentary sources for confirmation are needed as there are many provable errors in the series of books and the books do not cite any documentary evidence for the claims as does a book like "Adventurers of Purse and Person," published by First Families of Virginia, which books also unfortunately contain errors and judgments based on the documentary evidence, the difference being that the evidence is cited.


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