You've heard it before - always read the actual record. You never know what might be there.
Do you always do this? I don't; al though I do try to at least glance at all of them.
I am becoming convinced that you should ALWAYS do so, and this record was a large part of the reason.
Sarah Illingworth is (probably) my wife's 5th great-grandmother. She was born in 1777, in Yorkshire, England.
I found her baptism record on Ancestry; the summary that Ancestry provided looked like this:
It has a birth date, a baptism date (and place), and a father's name and a mother's married name.
That's pretty nice - three people and two generations from one record.
Too bad it has the mother's married name, but you can't have everything - right?
Let's look at the actual entry.
The register book is broken down into columns, with headings.
Heading: Infant's Christian Name and Seniority
Entry: Sarah / Second Daughter
Marshall says: *Second*? I didn't know there was another (older) daughter. Now I need to research her.
Heading: Infant's Surname
Heading: Father's name, Profession, and Abode
Entry: Nathaniel Illingworth of Moorside, son of William Illingworth of Thos Illingworth Husbandman, by Mary his wife at Moorside in the Parish of Addingham.
Marshall says: father, paternal grandfather, paternal grandmother, paternal great-grandfather, occupations and where they lived.
Heading: Mother's name, and Descent
Entry: Sarah Daughter of William Hardisty of Westend in the Parish of Fewston Farmer, by Sarah D of Jonathan Walker of Sedgwich in Northergate, Farmer
Marshall says: mother, maternal grandfather, maternal grandmother, and maternal great-grandfather, occupations and where they lived.
Marshall also says: "Sarah D of Jonathan Walker" means "Sarah daughter of Jonathan Walker"
Entry: On Friday the 11th of April 1777
Entry: On Sunday the 18th of May, 1777
That's just A BIT more than what was in Ancestry's records.
Let's enumerate all the people mentioned here, and their relationships.
**** Thomas Illingworth
*** William Illingworth and Mary (no maiden name)
** Nathaniel Illingworth
* Sarah's older sister
* Sarah Illingworth
** Sarah Hardisty
*** William Hardisty and Sarah Walker
**** Jonathan Walker
That's 10 people across four generations.
* A 5th great-grandmother, a 5th great-aunt (Sarah and her sister)
* Two 6th great-grandparents.
* FOUR 7th great-grandparents
* TWO 8th great-grandparents.
Not too shabby for one record.
BTW, in the same church, two years later, was the baptism of "Thomas Illingworth, second son" - so there are (at least) two boys here as well!
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