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Sharon C. Peterson’s Genealogy Site

This button takes you to a large database of my husband’s and my ancestors as organized by the Family History software I use, “Reunion”. It might take a little bit of getting used to, but an amazing amount of information is organized and displayed. The linked page becomes your jumping off point where you can begin your search by clicking on Surnames, Index or Home Cards. Photos and scanned documents are visible by clicking on the small camera icons.

This button takes you to a few larger files including a complete GEDCOM export. Clicking on the link will take you to several shared folders where you can find and download the files to your computer simply by clicking on them.

Statement and explanation concerning Sharon Peterson’s genealogy files


This statement pertains to my genealogy file, which has been a work in progress for over 60 years on my part.  It is also the result of many years of research on the part of numerous other people.


Be aware that this is a work in progress and is being corrected and added to from time to time.  Use this for your own knowledge and interest, but with the caveat that genealogy is not an exact science and human error will always be present in any work of this kind, especially one of this size.


This work is not meant to be taken as positive proof for all the connections. There are many instances in this file where two sets of parents are listed for an individual. There are also doubtful parents/child connections. In those cases I have tried to indicate that information in the notes.


As in any lengthy pedigree, there are bound to be mistakes and typos. The viewer’s understanding and appreciation of how difficult this work is will be necessary. Occasionally mistakes are perpetuated through erroneous information being quoted repetitiously. These are difficult to correct because the information is accepted due to that repetition. A falsehood frequently told is oft times eventually accepted as truth. Also, there is always a problem with forged pedigrees fabricated to increase social and political standing.

 

The parts of the pedigree that go back beyond 1600 and into antiquity are the work of professional genealogists, historians, heraldic researchers, historic and genealogical societies and many of their sources are not available to me for confirmation. A substantial amount of the information was gathered from the internet and the provider’s sources are not always given in this work, but are listed in the individual’s notes and are available for contact through the websites given there.  When I've come across obvious errors I have contacted the owner/provider of the website and called the mistake to their attention. For the most part they have been very cooperative and eager to readdress and change their information, as any responsible researcher ought to be.


Genealogists occasionally disagree with each other because of problems associated with dealing with faded old records, language differences and styles of record keeping, etc. Family and historical traditions also cause some disagreement. I have found in corresponding with researchers, professional and otherwise, that occasionally there is a certain amount of jealousy and even animosity among them. I have observed instances of them calling each other liars and engaging in wars of words and opinions. Hardly anyone seems to escape the fray, whether professional or amateur. Genealogists and historians are frequently at odds - historians considering with distain that genealogists as untrained, too emotionally involved and not objective, all of which may have some veracity.


Also concerning the information gleaned from the internet; some sites are no longer in service. This is one reason I give exact quotes as they appeared in the internet sources. Many are still in the process of adding, deleting and correcting information – works in progress, so to speak. Therefore, some of the information in my file will be incorrect and the websites need to be revisited from time to time. I have attempted to continue updating, but time and energy dictate how much I can do. Anyone who is interested enough in this file to continue revisiting those websites is welcome to do so. This is a process and never will be a finished product.


In many cases I have been able to cross-reference the data and have tried to notate where differences occur as much as possible, as will also be found in the individual’s notes, usually indicated by the use of brackets [ ] and red highlighting.  However, some of the connections are a leap of faith by the researchers and some may be construed as fantasy. I have spent a lot of time attempting to discern the truth, but in some cases I've failed to find another answer and have left the information as I found it.


I have also taken a great amount of time identifying and entering place names as completely as possible, especially in England and America, where the same town names are frequently found in two or more states or shires. I have not used abbreviations to avoid confusion.


Variations in the spellings of surnames, especially those that evolved through language and cultural adaptations (i.e. the anglicization of French names), disuse of patronymic prefixes (i.e. ap, ferch, ben, ibn, bint, etc.) and the standardization of surnames from patronymics and occupational identifiers, are difficult to follow. My method in these cases, for the most part, has been to use the spelling as it occurred in the records. Therefore, some names change as the pedigree goes back. In some cases I have arbitrarily made some minor spelling changes for coherency. As a side note: the patronymic prefixes in Scotland (fitz, mac, etc.), Ireland (mac, o’, etc.) and Welsh (ap) have been historically incorporated into the surnames and are retained as such today. For instances, the Welsh ap Rhys has become Price, the Scots name Mac Farlan has become Mcfarlan.


Care must be taken with titles. These can be good identifiers, but can also cause confusion. Titles have hierarchy, i.e., Duke being higher than Count. One man could have several titles. I have tried to use the highest title rank for the person who possessed them, as that was the one they eventually became known by. Other titles may or may not be indicated in this work for those individuals. Sometimes men and women were given different ranking titles in more than one country, which adds to the confusion. 


I do not use a numbering system to identify sources. However, there are sources in the file that appear as just numbers preceded by a pound sign. These refer to books and manuscripts that were sent to me while I was living in Virginia and fulfilling a two year service mission extracting information for the Medieval Department of the LDS Church’s Family History Library (FHL) and that method of source identification was the standard for the FHL. Those numbers are useless for everyone who uses this pedigree and doesn’t have access to the FHL’s master code directory. I have the old code directory in my possession, but have not taken the time to go through the genealogy file and translate the numbers into titles. The directory is far out of date and the FHL may not use it anymore due to the digitizing of their inventory.


I do not use the Source category available in most genealogy programs. All my sources are given in the notes of each person in the pedigree, the majority with exact excerpts of the material given in those sources. This creates a mini information database for that person. Some of these are quite interesting. Most are brief, but some are lengthy. I did this so anyone using this file will have the opportunity to read the excerpts and judge for themselves whether my conclusions were correct and perhaps give the reader a little more insight into who and what their ancestors were.


You may notice as you wander through this work that some of the notes contain blue lettering and numbers. This occurred when I copies and pasted from sites that had additional links to other internet sites. I failed to paste them in as plain text. I didn’t keep up my membership to those sites and therefore can’t go back and recopy and paste the information.

 

In regard to my mother-in-law, Vee Peterson’s, work – I have not done much with it. Most of it appears as it was at the time of her death and which I downloaded from her computer. However, as I have found additional information, I have entered it using the same method in the notes as in my own work.


Sharon Peterson

Santa Clara, Utah

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