Finding the facts in conflicting information
It happens to all of us at one time or another during our research.
MILFORD It happens to all of us at one time or another during our research.
Each time it does, we scratch our heads and wonder, which is right? Should I keep one and trash the other or should I keep everything? Conflicting information is frustrating.
In many cases the sources of information found for a person will agree. Occasionally, youll encounter an individual where every source produces conflicting information. My great-grandfather, John Albert Tibert, is an excellent example.
The name on the wooden cross on his grave was John A. Typert. No one knew what the A stood for. Family members referred to him as John D. The D, they said, stood for Duncan. The lady buried beside him, Mrs. John A. Typert, was supposably Jane.
Armed with this information, I visited the archives. I found a record for John Edward Tipert who married Margaret Fleet in 1880 at Liscomb, N.S. My grandfather was born in 1882, so this could be his father. John Edward, the son of Elizabeth and James was born in Liverpool, N.S.
Finding my grandaunts marriage record listing her parents as John and Margaret added supporting evidence.
After finding a second marriage record for John, I began scratching my head. John A. Tibert, the son of Elizabeth and Isaac, was born at Milton, N.S. He married Jane McDonald. This solved one mystery - the lady who was buried beside John was his second wife - but created another. Why did John give a different name for his father?
After analysing each family group with men who could have been Johns father, I focussed on a John Albert Typert who was born August 16, 1850 at LaHave, the son of Elizabeth Dorothea Land and John Nicholaus Typert. He was baptised October 31, 1850 at Lunenburg, N.S.
I began digging into census records. In 1881, John and Margaret Typhard lived at Liscomb Mills, NS. John was French and from New Brunswick.
Ten years later, John Tipert, a German, lived in Liscomb Mills with his children, including my grandfather. In 1901, John Tybert gave a birth date of August 10, 1847.
A recent search of the 1911 Census found John Typert born in August 1848.
Comparing all this information, I concluded that John A. Typert was indeed John Albert Typert, the son of Elizabeth and Nicholaus.
With the release of the Nova Scotia Historical Vital Statistics, I gained access to Johns death certificate. He died February 22, 1938.
The informant, his son and my grandfather, was as misinformed about Johns life as census takers.
John was reportedly born August 16, 1840 at New Germany, N.S. His parents, mother unknown and William Nicholaus Tibert, were reportedly born in Hamburg, Germany. They werent.
Understanding the trail of evidence allows me to separate fact from fiction on Johns death certificate.
When faced with this much conflicting evidence, it is important to weigh each piece carefully.
Regardless of the number of conflicting dates, places of births and names of parents, each one should be recorded with its source. When conflicting information is disproved, explain why. Others may question your information and youll be ready with an answer.
Who did Eunice Trider marry? Eunice, born May 17, 1869, and daughter of Frances Gilbert and Charles Trider of Mapelton, Cumberland County, N.S, apparently married while visiting her uncle, Amos Gilbert, in California in 1915. Eunice had two siblings, Charles and Ada (married Charles Gobson of Moncton). Contact: Ed Gilbert, 489 Prospect Rd., Parrsboro, NS B0MIS0; email: email@example.com
Editor's Note - Diana Lynn Tibert is a freelance writer living in Milford, NS. Submit genealogy queries to RR#1 Milford, Hants County, NS B0N 1Y0; email: firstname.lastname@example.org