I had assumed as much, Brad. Nothing that time won't fix. We've all been there once, even if it was a couple of decades ago for me. You're not doing badly. You just need to learn how to follow up on the vague, throw-away types of clues dropped by relatives to find the facts, such as proven bywills, birth, marriage and death certificates, as well as other public records.
It may be a long while before I can forget the delight shown on my late Uncle's 77 yr old face when I provided him with a certified copy of his parents' marriage certificate _and_ a printout of his mother's family pedigree back to the late 1600's. Since Grandad had died when Uncle Bill was barely 6 months old and Grandmother naturally didn't celebrate their aniversary, nobody in our family knew when or where his parents had married, let alone a lot of data on her ancestors further back in her side of the family, it was a pleasure for me to be able to track it all down and present it to him before he died.