01 July 2013

Won't Stop Believing

Comments after the jump.

 B: 1428 in Ravensworth Castle, Durham, England
 D: 17 Oct 1466 in Durham, Durham, England

 Sir William BOWES (1415-1466)
 ✿ Margery Bowes, b. 1430
 ✿ Sir Thomas BOWES, b. 1453
 ✿ Lady Catherine BOWES, b. 1461
 ✿ Richard Bowes, b. 1470

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Quite simple today. Lady Maud gives birth at the age of 2 to her first child and 4 years after her death she brings her last child into the world. The father of the youngest child had also been dead 4 years.
While some of Ancestry.com's advertisements encourage the clicking that produces trees filled with profiles like this one, I'm sure clickophile trees would exist even without them, just not to the same extent. There are, after all, people who believe:
  • if it is online then it must be true.
  • if something is published in a book it is fact. Gustave Anjou means nothing to them.
  • going back 9 centuries in a year isn't unrealistic. After all, every tree on Ancestry has been thoroughly researched.
  • having a few "breaks in the lineage" doesn't affect their tree. They are positive the undocumented, unsourced, fantasy driven jump from their peasant farmer ancestor to the French royal line is absolutely correct.
The video below, made in response to this Facebook post, immediately brought to mind clickophiles. A "you must watch this before creating a tree" video making light of clickophile trees might prevent more of them from being created in the first place.

Warning: Video contains frank talk about bodily functions.

Of course I am bowing to the scriptwriter's use of humorous condescension and snark. Beautifully done!

Thanks to Linda for the link to today's profile ;-)
If you have a profile to suggest please send a link to buwtree(at)gmail(dot)com.

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  1. That was so funny!!! I can visualize so many videos we could put together on tree's like the one above. We could be a YouTube sensation. lol

    1. I have a few actor friends. Hmmmm.... (wheels turning) ;-)