2018-04-09 00:31:12 UTC
While researching Medieval Nobility on Wikipedia (for the primary sources that are referred to, not wikipedia itself), I have sadly come across a multitude of errors. For example, the claim that Isolde le Rous was the daughter of Edmund Mortimer, 2nd Baron Mortimer, which is still fairly widespread among junk genealogy sites. Another common thing I've seen is adding information to biographies that has absolutely nothing to do with the subject at hand. For example, the article on William I, Count of Provence previously added at the end:
"He may also be the brother of Eremburge De Pont Audemer (born De Bricquebec Bertrand) who married Torf De Pont Audemer. Eremburge and Torf are the 18th great grandparents of Thomas Newberry the immigrant ancestor of the American family. Thomas Newberry was the fourth great grandfather of Walter Loomis Newberry, the founder of the Newberry Library in Chicago, IL. Walter Loomis Newberry was the 4th great grandson of Joseph Loomis, the immigrant ancestor of the Loomis family in America."
If Thomas Newberry is a Gateway ancestor (which I do not know as I have not paid much attention to the accepted list), than this would probabably be accurate. But most Gateway ancestors would descend from William I of Provence, why point out one specific one?
I would assume that most members of soc.genealogy.medieval would not use wikipedia as a primary source, and rightfully so. I don't use it as a primary source either. However, those less interested in Medieval Genealogy, for example the average person who discovers they might descend from Nobility, might just accept what's presented, whether it's true or not. That's why it is important to correct these errors whereever they are- because these myths have been known to be false for a long time. It's important to stop their spread.