My entries for Jeremiah Williams on the Blythe Genealogy website and database have turned out to be one of those situations where I had erroneous information for his parents.
As is my usual practice, I had found references to Joseph Williams and Lydia Olney in personal correspondence and online trees. Since these are notoriously inaccurate, I did not enter them as sources and left the sources blank. However, I still added the names I had at the time as I often find they can be invaluable clues.
On March 1, 2014, I received an email from a reader informing me that I had Jeremiah attached to the wrong parents. The actual email text read:
Dxxx Wxxxxxxx (pxxxxxxxxx’at’gmail.com)
Proposed Change: Jeremiah WILLIAMS (I44890)
Description: Hello! I’d like to offer the following suggestion. Please do not interpret any “curtness” as anything other than trying to be brief. 🙂
I would like to suggest that this Jeremiah Williams was not the progeny of Joseph Williams and Lydia Olney. This Jeremiah Williams that you have in your database is from Joseph Williams and Lydia Somes (Soames) of Boston. In the first point, Joseph Williams and Lydia Olney never had a child named Jeremiah. Please see the family group sheets for Roger and Joseph at the Roger Williams Family Association web site: http://www.rogerwilliams.org/genealogy/4-gen0001.htm#id15 . I have some deed and probate documents that show the relationship of this Jeremiah Williams with Joseph Williams of Boston. Feel free to peruse orwilliams.blogspot.com to see some of the information I list. I would love to converse about this if you would like!
I proceeded to check out both of the links he provided and proceeded to set up sources to attach the new information. I then disconnected Jeremiah Williams from Joseph Williams and Lydia Olney, and attached him to his actual parents, Joseph Williams and Lydia Somes (Soames) in the database.
I then updated my offline database with all new information, sources, etc. This information will appear on the database after the next update.
My response in reply was:
Thank you so much for the information. I have disconnected Jeremiah Williams from Joseph Williams and Lydia Olney, and then added his real parents, Joseph Williams and Lydia Somes to my offline database. The supporting evidence will be added to to the online database site when the next update is done.
I’m also going to write a post today or tomorrow explaining the confusion and your assistance with correcting the information, adding the link you provided for verification.
I love when I can resolve errors and mysteries – with the help of others, of course.
By the way, I didn’t find your email curt at all. It was informative and helpful without being negative and accusatory. Unfortunately, most of the responses I get can be on the negative side.
I was truly thrilled to get the correct information, in addition to informative links for sources, etc.
If you would like to get the new information prior to the next update, just email me and I will gladly forward it to you.