Mary E. Gossage
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Mary E. Gossage

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Mary E. E. Gossage
Born 1940s.
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I see you are adding Frederick Clifton Pierce books as a source on profiles. Mr. Pierce is the author of several fraudulent genealogies and should not be used as a source unless the information can be found/ confirmed in a reliable source. Please see:

posted by Chris Hoyt
Well, thanks for the heads-up Chris, also the "Frauds and Fabrications" link. Now I know where to look, routinely, or when in doubt!

I realize a lot of the old pubs are,if not outright scams, full of wishful thinking and in need of updating with verifying or new information. I did wonder about Pierce. I would suppose that someone like Gary Boyd Roberts may have done some work on the Field Genealogy - that at least NEHGS has published information. Mostly I was cleaning up the formatting when I accessed a profile that really needed it. Turns out several of the connected profiles needed it as badly. Some hadn't been touched after being uploaded via gedcom in 2011. <reference /> was even missing in some and most references were dead end citings anyway. I'm not saying the work I did can not be improved upon, only that the formatting that had been used - wasn't. It just did not connect to anything. Thing is Pierce was cited as a reference on all of them. I mostly just provided an online link and formatting to the source used when it was possible to find them online. That particular Pierce line needs some love - hopefully people whose ancestors those folks are will take an interest. There appear to be several duplicate profile issues and a lot of scewed up dates. Thanks, again!

posted by Mary E. Gossage
edited by Mary E. Gossage
You are certainly welcome. Those of us with New England ancestors are subject to Peirce's genealogies as well as a lot of Horatio Gates Somerby's frauds. Some of their texts do contain accurate information, mixed in with guesses and just made up stuff. It's hard to sort out which might be true or false, unless you find a reliable source that confirms the data. These were taken at the time as reliable, and repeated over and over again as the source, perpetuating their findings to this day. James Savage is another one, although not a fraud, his early genealogies are full of mistakes. And William Richard Cutter never sourced a thing, just rewrote new Genealogies Texts, from other people works, the good, bad and ugly.

I am also glad we have the link to the frauds on WikiTree as some I have etched in my brain and others not! Happy Hunting.

posted by Chris Hoyt
Hi, Mary,

Thanks for taking the Pre-1700 Quiz!

If you have any questions, please ask in the comments section of my profile.

Deb ~ Pre-1700 Greeter

posted by Deb (Lewis) Durham
What a great biography, we learn so much about you from what you wrote. Do not be concerned about not creating a GEDCOM file. Here it is better to get started by adding one profile and its sources at a time.

Do not mourn the days of the generosity of genealogists - WikiTree folks freely and happily share all their information. That is really the point of WikiTree, to share and build together one big tree, just one profile for each individual. Here is a link, in case you have not seen it, that will help you get started - Remember to go back to G2G with questions anytime.

Welcome Mary

I am pleased to confirm you as a full member, and welcome you to the WikiTree family, your contributions will go a long way to joining the world together.

I would suggest starting with the New Member How-To pages, they will save you a lot of time and frustration.

I am here to answer any question you have, no matter how trivial you may think it is. There is no such thing as a silly question. Please add as much information as you can, it all helps to turn a “name” back into a person. I hope you enjoy the site

Happy tree climbing

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P.S. If links do not work in an email from WikiTree, try them from the comment section on your profile page.


This is just a note to say hi and to let you know that I'm available to answer questions about joining WikiTree.

To contact me, click the link to my name, then send a private message or post a comment on my profile page.

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