John French Ph.D.Honor Code Signatory
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John Robert French was born 16 Sep 1949 in Syracuse, New York, the first child of Geraldine Frederica (Breed) French and Robert Howard French, of Clay, New York.
He was educated in the North Syracuse public schools, then at the State University of New York College of [Environmental Science and] Forestry, B.S. 1971, M.S. 1973; then at Michigan State University, Ph.D. 1976, with a dual degree in Botany and Plant Pathology.
Dr. French is a professional plant pathologist, initially trained in diseases of forest species. He centered his career upon supporting agriculture, reflecting his upbringing from an agriculturally focused family history.
John is 17 degrees from Victor Castro, 21 degrees from Loretto Coronado, 21 degrees from Sebastian Constantino de Arce, 27 degrees from Sor Juana De La Cruz, 28 degrees from Enrique Gómez Carrillo, 26 degrees from Desiderio Gonzales, 22 degrees from Ramon Lopez, 24 degrees from Lin-Manuel Miranda, 23 degrees from Frank Rodriguez, 36 degrees from Francisco Villa and 31 degrees from Oliver Stegen on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.
edited by Greg Napier
Not disagreeing with you, but you might want to address the FAG site at your earliest convenience. It’s cited as a key reference in the Patrick Napier profile here in Wikitree. Likewise the Familysearch database where this particular Patrick Napier is listed as spouse of Mary Judith Burke, with about 8 or 9 children resulting (some of their “12” are obvious duplicates). As you may know, the FSearch system operates pretty much the same as Wikitree, where you (or anyone else with an account) can make changes…hopefully supported by sources that you can identify. You must admit that the Napier-734 profile (on which you are a manager) itself is misleading because it cites the Familysearch database as a key source. So you might want to change that, either by deleting FSearch altogether or significantly upgrading the FSearch profile itself by detaching Mary Judith Burke (not Burk) and attaching “her” kids to Ann Franklin….of course by citing the more reliable sources that you might favor….
If contributors to the Wikitree system are confused, it probably derives from those situations where others have attached folks that may not belong. As I recall, this current situation came about as an outfall of a recent merge, so probably that’s how they all got “related” some way or another.
I would suggest sticking to primary sources. That is use the Record Search function to find birth records, marriage records, census etc. and avoid "family trees". I do use them for clues but they are unreliable.
As for FSearch, I use it the same way you do, to find potential traces. It is more useful than Wikitree for some purposes, though, because it does contain images of key documents (birth, marriage, death, etc.) which are in fact "primary". In contrast, Wikitree contains paltry few images, about which consistently has been my recommendation to others to be providing image files (jpg or pdf) for any profiles with which I am engaged. One thing that would be extremely helpful for Wikitree to do is to find some way of linking those image files so that users of this system could access them more expediently. As it is, we have to channel through FSearch, which to me is inexcusable if we might expect Wikitree to function well on its own in perpetuity.