I was getting a genealogy talk ready this week. I was preparing the slide show when I discovered there were a lot of trees on Ancestry.com with wrong information!
I married into this family in 1970. My mother-in-law gave me 3 essays written in 1939 for the Bishop Thill essay contest by family members. These are on onion skin paper. I treasure these because these children interviewed their family members for this contest.
This essay is about the Margaret Sullivan and John Riordan family from Mitchelstown County Cork. I could not believe that people had added Simon as a father for John! If Simon was the father – and this being an Irish family every would have had a Simon (remember that Irish naming pattern?) This family does not have 1 Simon descendant!
One tree even added 3 additional children for John & Margaret Riordan – 2 more boys named Patrick and a daughter Hannah – all born AFTER John died! John and Margaret had 7 children not 10! I retyped the whole essay and added it to my tree this morning.
If you like to make up stories – that is fine with me, but don’t make up extra family members for a family. Haven’t they heard of documentation? I just returned from Ireland working hard in archives and libraries to add additional information.
There is a place in the world for fairy tales – but save those for bedtime.