My first post on managing your part of the FamilySearch.org Family Tree focused on standardizing the entries and tidying up the long lists of "Birth Names." You can see the first post here:
In this post, I am moving beyond strict housekeeping and looking at the content and reasonableness of the entries.
The entry above shows a person named "Elizabeth L. Milton" who has a speculated birthdate and an indeterminate death date. Granted, there is some housekeeping that needs to be done with this entry. The brackets that appear around the assumed birthdate are a holdover from the paper family group sheet days. Removing them does not change the undetermined birth year, but it would be better to use the term "about 1751" rather than just leave the date without supporting records.
There are only three sources showing for Elizabeth:
- The Douglas Register
- Eliz. Milton in an entry for Gerard Morgan, "Virginia Births and Christenings, 1584-1917"
- The Life and Ministry of John Morgan
Here is the issue in managing the entries. It is important to examine all of the sources cited to see if they actually apply to this particular ancestor. The first source listed does not have a link to any specific information. The reference is to an entry showing a marriage date of October 1772. So, I uploaded a copy of the document with the reference.
Although this does not substantiate the date of birth, it does establish her name and a marriage date.
The third source listed is a book. Unfortunately, there are very few sources mentioned for those portions of the book that write about the ancestry of John Morgan, b. 1842, d. 1894. This particular book falls into the category of a general biased history of a prominent person. For example, my Great-grandmother married John Morgan and is only mentioned once in a short paragraph of the book. The book is certainly a source for John Morgan, but it is not helpful for Elizabeth Milton.
At this point, it is time to start doing some serious research.