From the Ancestry.com home page, I clicked on the "View People With Hints," and the "All Hints" page opened:
1) I keep getting that message in the blue outline box. It says:
"Our hint system is temporarily offline. During this time, hint notifications may not appear and existing hints may be inaccessible. We thank you for your patience while we work to resolve this issue."
I get this message every time I go to this "All Hints" page. At all times of day and night. I would be very frustrated if the statement was true.
I usually click the "Records" link and get the message again, then refresh the page, and the list of Record Hints usually comes up. Sometimes it takes two or three refreshes, but it eventually works.
If the Hints were inaccessible ten seconds ago, why are they now accessible? Well, it probably has to do with server capacity and traffic volume or some highly technical term like that. No matter - whiny complaint noted, I hope.
2) Today, I actually scrolled through the "Member Trees" Hints and saw matches for my wife's ancestor, Alexander Whittle. There were 13 trees that matched my tree:
I scrolled down and saw a tree of interest, and clicked on the tree name, and went to the "Family" tree view for Robert Mansley (1750-1802) and saw that this tree had one more Mansley generation than I have in my own tree:
This tree indicates that the parents of Thomas Mansley (1720-1768) were John Mansley (1687-1768) and Elizabeth Walmsley (1691-1743). There were several more generations of ancestors for Elizabeth Walmsley.
I looked at the profile for John Mansley in this tree and saw that the marriage for John Mansley and Elizabeth Walmsley was in 1720, which at least matches the birth date of Thomas Mansley. There was a source attached to the person in this tree, so I clicked on the source to see the detail:
Well, that's frustrating. The attached source is for a marriage of James Mansley (not John!) and Elizabeth Walmsley on 11 April 1769, one year after John Mansley died, and 26 years after John's purported wife, Elizabeth Walmsley, died (at least according to the person profile data).
Now it may be that the parents of Thomas Mansley were John Mansley and Elizabeth Walmsley, and their birth and death and marriage dates may be correct, but at this time, I don't see any evidence that they married or had a son Thomas. Too bad...
3) This Family Tree match was worth investigating, but I am not going to add the information to my family tree database. Oh well. This was a shiny BSO (Bright Shiny Object), but I found it tarnished beyond believability, at least at this time.
I noted that the attached record above is from the "Lancashire, England, Church of England Marriages, 1754-1936." I can't access that database because I don't have a World subscription on Ancestry.com, but it looks very useful. I did see Record Hints for the Whittle and Mansley people in my tree for this database and also the "Lancashire, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1911" database, which from the thumbnails, appear to have record images from the actual parish registers. That's good!
I'll have to go to the FamilySearch Library and see what I can find in these databases. I looked through these parish registers at the Family History Library several years ago for these families.
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