A misunderstanding on my part- these aren't individual trees I am trying to correct- I understand the contacting the submitter- it's the information the LDS has themselves.;)
That is my trouble, I am having a hard time finding records between New York, Connecticutt and Michigan during the "migration."I know that censuses were in 10 year increments, and I know that the families stayed with other families- so it could be a hit and miss on those records. It would seem to me that there would be records with the church, maybe a recording somewhere, where it says, and so and so families are going with our blessing to the new church/promised land, something to that effect.Course, that would make sense, but being a new religion, they may have feared persecution, and just left.
It is to my understanding, and I could be wrong, that my family had a little bit of money, so going straight there should have been no problem.I have noticed, though, that names were changed pretty frequently, and "marriages" took place, perhaps polygamy or polyandry, so you really have to know the backgrounds in order to find some of the family members.My great grandfather's name was changed three times, and thankfully he left a diary to chronicle parts of his life, and left small clues about his name changes.
I used to live in a part of Virginia where the Civil war was rampant, so I know about the burning of the courthouses, thanks to my husband's family research.The "Mormon" side of the family I'm looking for is mine, on my paternal side, and they were established in the USA during the colonial times in New England.I have the family tree that far back, but the evidence "bridge" is weak and needs strengthened, in my opinion, in regards to post generations after Beaver Island and the New England ancestors.
I know I'm being vague on alot of the details, but it has become such a complex situation, that it would take ALOT of time and server space to get it all down.I know that my family married into to the Page family, which they were Strang's right hand family.My Fox family became Elders in this "church" they established on the island, and very prominent people, until they discovered the truth about Strang, and things went awry.I have copies of actual letters from my ancestor Page to Strang and a few other members of the "church."I put those in quotes, because I'm not sure how to address them properly.
I really do appreciate your time and effort in making suggestions to me about this.It's more response than I've gotten in a long time in regards.I've been researching this for over 10 years, and again, I'm trying to solidify the information I have, because when I get into the colonial period, we suddenly become related to "famous" people, and I want to be careful being related to famous people at this time.I just want to be sure, you know, get the information a little more accurate before I start publicly declaring a false statement to be true!
Oh, PS, my cousin went to Beaver Island last month, and gleaned a little from cemetery records, and might have a lead, SO...we might be able to get somewhere.