16 November 2012

WHY?!?!?! Part 2

For the original WHY?!?!?! post click here
All but two sources on this profile are entered manually, not attached from Ancestry.com records. The two that do link to Ancestry records are in italics and do look to be correct.
Comments after the jump.

 JAMES MATARESE
 B: APR 1892 in Fontana, Avellino, Campania, Italy
 D: ABT 1965

 24 Source Citations
 Census; Birth info; Residence info
 1850 US Census; abt 1847 New Jersey; East Windsor, Mercer, New Jersey
 1870 US Census; abt 1864 Oregon; Silverton, Marion, Oregon
 1880 US Census; abt 1864 Oregon; Whitman, Washington
 1900 US Census; Dec 1851 New Jersey; Moon, Allegheny, Pennsylvania
 1910 US Census; abt 1846 New Jersey; Florence, Burlington, New Jersey
 1920 US Census; abt 1875 New Jersey; Florence, Burlington, New Jersey
 1930 US Census; ????; Burlington, Burlington, New Jersey
 1930 US Census; abt 1896; Brooklyn, Kings, New York
 1930 US Census; abt 1892 Italy; Burlington, Burlington, New Jersey
   Note: 14 residence events for 1930 the timeline
 US Public Records Index, Volume 2; n/a; Burlington, New Jersey
 US WWII Draft Card; 5 Apr 1892 Italy; Burlington, New Jersey
 US WWII Draft Card; 5 Apr 1892 Italy; Burlington, New Jersey
 US WWII Draft Card; no info
 US WWII Draft Card; 5 Apr 1892 Fontana, Italy; Burlington, New Jersey
 Washington State Census; abt 1874 Oregon; 1883 Whitman, Washington
 Washington State Census; abt 1875 Oregon; 1887 Stevens, Washington
 8 Ancestry Family Trees

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It looks like the first 8 source citations are not for James Matarese. They aren't even close. I decided to see if the citations could give me a clue to the confusion.
 1850 Citation gives page 81B. The census for that city only goes to page 66.
 1870 Citation has a link which goes to a 1900 US Census record for George Mingin, age 11.
 1880 Citation has a link which goes to a 1920 US Census record for Nellie Carty, age 8.
After those three I gave up.
If someone is born in 1892 why even bother looking at censuses from 1850 to 1880? If you're going spend time creating sources why not make sure they're correct? Why connect records that have nothing in common with the person you're researching?
We take pride in having a well sourced tree but it's quality, not quantity, that counts. Having 24 sources for one person doesn't mean much when 21 or 22 of those sources are rubbish.


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