Not my words but well worth reading "Magazine of Virginia Genealogy", Vol., 25, Nov. 1987, No. 4. pp. 3-13.-JAMES SULLIVAN OF CHARLOTTE COUNTY AND THE PROBLEM OF ENTRENCHED DISINFORMATION-By Carolyn Copeland Bland Genealogy requires analysis as well as research. In this most precise work, mistakes are inevitable, and it is every researcher’s responsibility to question the work of others. The serious genealogist insists on the citation of sources. He goes to the trouble of checking these for accuracy. He weighs conflicting evidence carefully, one source against another. Finally, he must base his conclusions on the preponderance of the evidence. Without this caution, inexperienced researchers are misled sometimes by foolish genealogical claims. Then they go on to repeat these claims in many places and, with amazing success, they build up a crooked structure of ‘disinformation’ which is no small job to dismantle.
you said .......but along comes the self-styled experts to try and pop the bubble...and spoil your fun. I believe their only thoughts are to build up their own ego while deflating yours. Where did they get their credentials? Whata qualifies them as experts?
Answer Some of us are not 'self styled experts', we do have serious qualifications in historical research. Ego trip.....no need.
As to bragging rights, why is it deemed necessary to have a 'famous name' to be able to brag. I have one that was hung, drawn and quartered whom I considered my 'famous ancestor' The satisfaction comes with 'bragging' that I have researched my family, checked my sources, cited my sources and am confident that I have 'my' family as ancestors, not someone elses.