In looking at my end-of-line ancestors, I often find that someone else has added one (or more!) sets of parents to the line. One example is my 3rd great-grandfather, John Richman (born about 1788, died 1867) who married Ann Marshman in Hilperton, Wiltshire in 1811. There is no baptism record in the Hilperton parish register (as seen through the Bishops Transcripts) for a John Richman in this time frame, although several Richman families were having children in the 1780-1800 time frame.
What does FamilySearch Family Tree say? Here is the family tree chart for John Richman (1788-1867) in FSFT:
I was curious as to how all of that information about John Richman (1765-????), his wife, and his parents were entered, so I clicked on the "Show All" link in the "Latest Changes" box. Here is the complete Change Log for this John Richman (1765-????) (three screens):
It appears that the process used was:
* User Unknown4470317 entered the gender, birth date/place and christening date/place on 10 January 2012.
* User MichaelHanny1 entered a Death fact as "deceased" on 10 January 2012.
* User Unknown 4470317 entered the person's name, John Richman, on 10 January 2012.
* User FamilySearch added the mother, father, mother's relationship, and father's relationship on 19 april 2012.
* User FamilySearch added the Wife, Jane Child, to John Richman (1765), along with a Father Fact (to John Richman (1788), Father's Relationship and Mother's Relationship (to John Richman (1788)), and the Couple Event (the marriage in 1788 in Biddestone), all on 5 May 2012.
There are no sources attached, and no discussions offered.
The question becomes - who did all of this and did they do it based on some evidence at hand (like picking the John Richman/Jane Child marriage in 1788 in a town 10 miles away from Hilperton) or was this just slapped together by FamilySearch when someone had nothing better to do?
I should mention at this point that there are Richman families in Hilperton, Wiltshire continuously from the 1620s when the Bishops Transcript start. There were several Richman families having children in every decade since the 1620s. Many of them are recorded in the Bishops Transcripts. However, it is nearly impossible to link one John Richman baptized in, say, 1740, with a person with the same name who marries a spouse in, say, 1765. There are just no records available to make that connection, except for probate records, which can be used to link several families together. I have studied this parish for over 20 years and cannot connect many persons to parents, spouse(s) and children in a way supported by evidence.
At this point, the best thing I can do is ask some questions and hope that the people who created the links from John (1733) to John (1765) to John (1788) will see them and respond in a polite manner.
I wrote two Discussion items, as shown below:
The two Discussion items are:
1. John Richman (1788-1867) Baptism
How do you know that the John Richman (1788-1867) is the son of John and Elizabeth (--?--) Richman? There is no baptism record in the Hilperton records for a John Richman in 1788 or in the 1785-1795 range in Hilperton.