A few years ago, we did some work for a Mayflower society applicant. This was our umpteenth application which were all successful when there was a proper match between the ancestor and the list of ancestors for the particular society. That is, one learns how to scrutinize and match this early on. Besides, of all of those applications (for several persons and societies - context of the Heritage Society Community), one was said, by the genealogist, to have been one of the best they had seen. That is, the application and its curated sources. Mind you, this was an old group, older than that related to the Mayflower's arrival, off course.
So, we were rolling in the oats (whatever). Right? Until, we met obstinance. And, Mayflower people, this theme will be continued until someone notices the oversight. Why? We just worked with several families with many ancestors in the frontier period and situations. It was a constant rolling westward (and northwestward and southwestward, depending upon the location); albeit, there were recoils with people returning to whence came they. We're not talking TV or Hollywood's view. Though, characters do come into play, such as Daniel Boone (hence the post). What did we find? Lots and lots of lineage nodes (think tree branch) where there was stuff on both sides of a gap. Some think brick wall, but that, dear people, is an improper metaphor.
Why? It's being that we're dealing with, not a paper chase. This post is one of several (Genealogy and Bayes) on that continuing ordeal.
The whole of the hang up with the MF experience was one generation (in fact, one little gal - mother of one - who died early and was replaced by ..., ..., a step mother for her little daughter). So, let's look at one approach. That is, USDAR, in their Guidelines (pg 33 - link obtained from their blog), allows for an analysis for one generation. Doing that brought out all sorts of possible areas for further research. I don't think that the east coasters (Northeast) know of the troubles endured out west. So, that perpetually puts some families in limbo? Not. It only shows that many are into some ego game and not the science of this (after all, as we have noted, we allowed dinosaurs to be imagined with far less than we have with some people).
On the other hand, there are gaps which are hard to cover. DNA might help. There might be yet unfounded modes. Without the proper insight, how can we know? We will continue to be driven top-down from this view of heavy authority (knows it all)? One case that we saw was a baby being left with a couple out west by the father. The mother had died. He was to come back. Never did. The baby grew up and was the mother of several. Never knew. Nor did the children with much searching. We might have a solution, though. Need a little more information.
So, the next post will pick this up. We said, in the Bayes post, that we would be back with more detail. In that, we also pointed to material on WikiTree that pulled things together, a little. Oh yes, the final descendant of Chloe along this line just went past 100 years old. Meanwhile, MF sits on their thumbs.
As was said before, technology will allow history to be retold. The TGS will weigh in there, as unbridled use of technology sends people to bonkers' ville (or twit-ville - valley of twits). We expect to be a sea of rationality and calm in the storms that are now and will be.
With regard to the method, this summary will be followed (NSDAR's RGG-4001):
- Statement of purpose
- Research strategies
- Account for conflicting evidence
10/14/2020 -- Add image for our portal (TGSoc.org).