There are oh so many ancestors I would love to have met - in fact I'd say every single one. Is it weird that I hope when I finally get to "the other side" I'll have that opportunity? Perhaps a bit, but wouldn't that just be every genealogist's dream? Every week it seems, I'm wishing I could ask a question of one of them whether it is to solve a brick wall, find a record or just simply know their story for many reasons.
This week my motive is definitely to find a record. I've searched high & low. I've exhausted zillions of possibilities and I'm afraid I'm running out of options. I know in my heart one particular link is correct but I can't prove it with documentation to save my life. Sound familiar?
What's even more frustrating than that? I'll tell you what....finding it in an old unsourced book written by someone who is often wrong & therefore rarely credible! This week this dude it the one I want to grill - He's the guy I want to shake & say "How do you know that?!?!? You are making me crazy!!!!"
Dr William B. Lapham - you better hope I still have a sense of humor when I get to the other side....
For more on Dr Lapham visit here.....as you will see he published a plethora of genealogical works -all which beg the question...'How do you know that?!' and all which hold absolutely no real credibility in the genealogical world today. It's frustrating to no end, and even more frustrating when people unknowingly share his "research" as fact and spread the insanity. I mean really, is it not highly suspicious & beyond comprehension as to how anyone could possibly complete all that work in one lifetime while actually proving each connection? Dr. Lapham was probably a remarkably smart man and at the time in his slight defense - no one sourced anything, so I'll give him that, but I'm sorry Dr Lapham - you are at the top of list for people I'd like to ring the neck of on this Wishful Wednesday, all the while knowing your response to my most pertinent question would no doubt be "I don't remember".
Amylynne (Baker) Murphy
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