Welcome to Wrong Ancestor

Why Wrong Ancestor? Because sometimes we think we found the right person in our research only to realize later we had the wrong person, maybe the wrong family all along.

What to do with that mistake? I say, chronicle it with the hopes that one person's "mistake" is another person's relative. I'll post that information here with the hope that it will help another's genealogical research.

If you have a Wrong Ancestor in your tree, contact me and I'll post it here. My email is rightancestor@gmail.com. Or, leave it as a comment.

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Thank you,

Who are these people? No clue. (Photo Courtesy of The Burton Historical Collection, Detroit Public Library)

Friday, April 23, 2010

Lots of Scots

I recently blazed through another round of research on the Scottish side of my family tree at the web site Scotlands People http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/. While I found (mostly) what I was looking for, there were the inevitable mistakes. What makes this a great site, is that the Scottish government (The General Registrar's Office to be precise, or the GRO) has scanned birth, marriage, and death records from 1855-present as well as the Old Parish Records (OPR) up to 1855 (the year that registering BMDs became compulsory). Of course, one is charged for looking at each individual document in the form pre-paid credits. Inevitably, there are "lucky guesses" and therefore, "unlucky guesses". I have years of "unlucky guesses" (or mis-educated guesses) that I'll post here in the coming weeks!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Wrong Ancestor: Death / Stillborn Holb

File Number: 3913

Name: STILLBORN of Mr. and Mrs. John Holb.
State: Ohio.
County: Summit.
City: Akron.
Place of Death: People's Hospital.
Residence: 792 Beardsley Street.

Sex: Female.
Race: White.

Date of Birth: October 12, 1926.
Birthplace: Akron, Ohio.

Father: John Holb.
Birthplace of Father: Austria-Hungary.
Mother: Anna Hausch.
Birthplace of Mother: Germany.

Informant: John Holb of 792 Beardsley Street.

Date of Death: October 12, 1926.
Cause of Death: STILLBORN.
What test confirmed Diagnosis: Chemical.

Burial: Mt. Peace Cemetery.
Date of Burial: 10/13/1926.
Undertaker: Prentice & Co. of 16 W. Miller.
Embalmer: E.H. Prentice.

Holt, Akron, Ohio, Stillborn, 1920-1928

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Wrong Ancestor: Death / Baby Holte

Name: Baby Holte.
Sex: Female.
Race: White.
State: Ohio.
County: Summit.
City: Akron.
Place of Death: People's Hospital, 4th Ward.

Date of Birth: September 15, 1919.
Birthplace: Ohio.
Father: Samuel W. Holte.
Father's Birthplace: Pennsylvania.
Mother: Ruth Brown.
Mother's Birthplace: Kentucky.
Informant: S.W. Holte of Akron OH.
Filed: 9/25/1919.

Date of Death: September 15, 1919.
Cause of Death: STILLBORN.
Death Occurred at: 8am.

Place of Burial:
[Illegible] Cemetery.
Date of Burial: September 23, 1919.
Untertaker: [Illegible].
Address of Undertaker: East Akron.

Wrong Ancestor: Marriage: Reid/Smart

Groom: Reid, Charles.
Age: 27; Born: Ellon(?) Aberdeenshire, Scotland;
Rank or Profession: Farmer(?); Bachelor; Presbyterian; Residence, Arcola, Manitoba.

Alexander Reid.
Mother: Jane Gibson.

Bride: Smart, Mary Ann.
Age: 31; Born: Kennethmont(?)Aberdeenshire, Scotland;
Rank or Profession: School Teacher; Spinster; Presbyterian; Residence, Ellon(?) Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

Father: James Smart.
Mother: Anne Grigoo(?).

William Reith of Napinka, Manitoba.
Mrs. John Smart of 4 Arnold Ave, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Date of Wedding: 30 March 1914.
Place of Marriage: 40 Arnold Ave, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Religious Service: Presbyterian.

Wrong Ancestor: Marriage, Reid/Turner

Groom: Turner, Francis Charles Salisbery
age 26; Resides Winnipeg; Born,Ontario; Occupation, Accountant; Methodist; Bachelor.
Father's name: William Turner;
Mother's name: Carolin(?) Salisbery.

Bride: Reid, Grace Elizabeth
age 24; Resides NYC, NY; Spinster; [Religion illegible].
Father's name: George Reid;
Mother's name: Mary Graham.

W. C. [illegible] of 664 Furby (?) Street
Mr. J. Salisbery of 628 Farby (?) Street

Date of Marriage: 20 June 1906
Place: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Researching: Reid, Grace Reid, Winnipeg, Manitoba