I’ve been on Vacation, a girl’s weekend in New Orleans. So I’ve been away from my blog. Good weekend! New Orleans is an amazing town.
So I’ve been working on my Sources. I really thought this was going to be tiresome, but it’s not. I’m actually slowing down and looking at the images. And rethinking about people that I haven’t thought about in awhile.
Mary Elizabeth Gillespie is my great great grandmother. Here is where she fits in my grandfather’s tree:
And I came to the conclusion quite some time ago that Mary’s parents were Willis Gillespie and Harriet Smith. But you know what, I have nothing to prove that. Nothing.
Here is what I know:
On Wyatt Gillespie’s marriage certificate, his parents are listed as Jere and Mary Gillespie. 1
Jeremiah Gillespie and Mary Gillespie were married in 1842. Talton Gillespie is listed as Jeremiah’s father, Mary’s parents are not in the index. I suspect it is because Jeremiah was not 21 when they were married. Do I have the original or have I seen it? I have not. 2
My Great Aunt Eva told my father that Jeremiah and Mary were first cousins.3
I choose Willis and Harriet because they seemed to be the most likely candidates. And they may be correct, BUT that is not proof. And now it really vexes me. What if I am wrong? The earlier you find “the truth” in your genealogy career, I suspect the more likely it is that the Genealogical Proof Standards are not being met.
Parents of Mary Elizabeth Gillespie? Back on the list of what I need to prove.
1. Virginia, Virginia Department of Health, Certification of Vital Records, Marriage Certificate, Wyatt Paul Gillespie, Laura Cecil Donald, 24 Jan 1894, Rockbridge, Virginia
After 4 years at Ancestry.com I’m working at a different job and therefor not paying as much attention to my blogging the last few days. I’m now the product manager for Institutional and Library version of our product working with Kim Harrison. I’m super excited about learning how we can best serve libraries and other organizations who use our products to assist their patrons with genealogy research. It’s a different way to look at Ancestry.com and it has given me a new perspective on what we do.
When I haven’t been doing that, I’ve been working on cleaning up my sources. Well, I’ve also been watching the Olympics and cleaning up my sources. I really thought that this was going to be tedious, but not so. I’ve been working on them by source, and I’ve been noticing something when I’m done with a group, for instance 1840:
You can quickly tell who lived close and who did not, assuming of course that the records aren’t in semi alphabetical order, which should be in the source as well.
And by the time I get to 1850, I see families and their proximity to one another:
You just don’t see that in a family tree. You see who your ancestors are, but you don’t see them in proximity. This combined with Thomas MacEntee’s article: uencounter.me – A Way To Plot Cluster Genealogy Research makes me think what if I did genealogy for a week, and didn’t use a family tree. What might I learn?
But first I have to finish my sources. I am on a mission. :-)