wow, janet! can't thank you enough for all the information.
i will follow your advice and be more careful using resources to 'document' my ancestry.
i used the local library in marquette, michigan where i grew up to find my great-grandfather, zephirin pepin. i actually have copies of both his birth and death certificates. from him, i found information on my great-grandmother's family (she was delphine nault). but iused rootsweb and family search to find most of the other information.
where did you find the information for tracing your family back to pepin of franks? and what is recognized as "proof"?