Has anyone ever thought about starting up an organization (formal or informal) of John Neece and Hulda Ellis's descendants.I know there are already several researchers who have done excellent work piecing together this large family and putting it out there online or in book form.Nevertheless, I'm amazed at how many discrepancies, errors, omissions, conflicting data still exist.In my own line from Harrison Hopwood Neece, there is a gigantic branch of descendants from his daughter Sarah Jane Neece. Yet some websites don't even have her children from her marriage to John Lakin.I have detailed information on this entire branch and find numerous errors/omissions online but don't have time to notify everyone who is missing it or has lots of errors on my branch. (Have corresponded briefly with Fred Reed, and began drafting an e-mail to Bill Putman which never got sent .)
Because there are so many of us now who probably have very good data on our own specific line of descent, it seems like such an online ‘clearinghouse’ would be helpful. Who knows – some new tips on John’s ancestors might come to light and we mightfinally find out where he came from!!(I have some interesting tips but have never been able to pursue them due to time and distance, but someone else might see my notes and be able to pick up on that line of research.)
As an example of this idea, there is a ‘Sabin/Sabean Association of North America’ (actually not much of a group anymore - just a handful).One guy collects all the corrections, additions, etc [for any and all descendants of William Sabin], keeps hard copies, and maintains an archives of what people submit.Then he sends the data on to me via e-mail and I update the online database once a month. (We don't post info on 'living' people but have it in our database for reference.We also don't maintain anything extra on spouses except perhaps their parents' names, dates.) We are constantly getting changes, updates, obits, even pictures from people who have more details on their specific lines of Sabins than we do.Most Sabin researchers eventually find the page and submit their info to us.
Wouldn't this be a great idea for all the various Neece descendants - a definitive collection compiled from all the thousands of us who can trace our roots back to John and Hulda?We just need someone who already has a pretty good database to begin with, then all the rest of us could funnel our info to that person.That's a big job, I know, but someone else could do the online database updates.(I update the Sabin database once/month and it only takes me about 4 - 6 hours.) – Sue Elmore