I agree with you also about research. A point must be made also from my point of view. This is for every genealogist to learn from also. In my own personal experience (I am not fabricating this in the least) You can not always rely on legal documents, the individuals that fill out these forms are human and make mistakes. Myself included. Let me explain my own personal experiences which has happened not once but many times. When I went and applied for my marriage certificate. I was very excited and I rushed home and showed it to my grandmother. She stared at this DOCUMENT for a while as if she was confused. She looked at me and said "______, this says you have been married for a year." I looked at it. Sure enough they had made a mistake. I had to take it back and have another one made. If the mistake had gone unnoticed it would not have been corrected. I have had three children, and on each and every birth certificate there has been a mistake. On one they misspelled my daughters name. On another they said my husband was 100 years old. On another the date was wrong. All mistakes have been corrected because I made sure that they were. Now on my other relatives birth certificates there are mistakes that have not been corrected. Many individuals that I have spoke with in my family has brought to my attention many mistakes. My point is, just because it is legally documented does not make it so. I rather know the truth not a mistake on a document. I am not saying all documents are incorrect. I am saying that not all are correct. This is based on what I have come across in the short amount of time I have been working on my lines. I am not an expert. Personal experience only with numerous mistakes. I think this is why genealogists have a hard time figuring out their lines because of these mispelled names generally made by the individuals who type up legal documents. We are all human and we all make mistakes. This is the reason I prefer to follow the lead that my relatives have told me about my ancestors, because it will be closer to the truth. Of course, there could be the possibility that relatives would like to hide the truth. As you said, RESEARCH and comparing information we will find the truth. Communication with living relatives, documenting everything that is told to you will lead us on the right path. Keep up the good work. We are just one step closer to piecing this together. Does any one else have any suggestions? Signing off, Stacy.