Today’s episode of Research Like a Pro is about conflicts encountered while researching our ancestor Harriet Huggett Kelsey and updating her profile on FamilySearch. Diana found conflicting information about Harriet’s birth year, with possible years of 1823, 1825, and 1826 from different sources. We discuss a conflict regarding the name and identity of Harriet’s twin sister Hester/Esther, with records using both spellings and even an indexed baptism record combining the two sisters’ names into “Esther Harriet Huggett.”
To resolve the birth year conflict, Diana found Harriet’s original 1823 baptism record showing she was baptized shortly after birth as well as an 1841 census record stating she was 18 years old, confirming the 1823 birth year over the later years Harriet herself had given.
For the name and identity conflict of Hester, we again found the original 1823 baptism record clearly naming the two twin daughters as Esther and Harriet Huggett. Diana shares a note on a family group sheet from a descendant about Hester’s name variations. Shee updated the profiles and added reason statements explaining the research and resolution of the conflicts. Join us as we discuss using original records, adding source citations, adding notes with reasoning, and collaborating with other researchers through FamilySearch tools. We also discuss alert notes and the challenges and benefits of having a free, shared family tree at FamilySearch.
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Resolving Conflicts on the FamilySearch Family Tree: What To Do When Things Don’t Agree
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