Tuesday Tip – Ancestry Hints Always Need to be Checked – The Recommended Hint for Celestia S Shackford Should Not Be Attached to Her! (Blog 391)

We love the hints from Ancestry.com!  While a majority of them are correct, here’s  one that arrived via e-mail on Sunday for Celestia S Shackford

ancestry-hints-for-celestia-s-shackfordyou have 100+ new hints in SHACKFORD/PARKES Family Tree.  We’re always searching Ancestry.com for new information about your family history.  This week, we discovered historical records that could shed new light on family members in your tree.  SHACKFORD/PARKES Family Tree.  Click on “View at Hints” to see what we’ve found.


Celestia S Shackford (1837-1865) 1 new hint U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims roster, 1936-2007

Hmmmm..  This is interesting — Celestia Shackford, the daughter of William and Mary Ellen (Dame) Shackford was born in June 1837 in Barnstead, New Hampshire.  We find Celestia in the 1850 census with her parents William and Mary, her siblings Harriet N, Alphonso, Mary E, James Chadbourn, and Walter S. She married Erza Emerson Worthen on June 7, 1860 and we find the two of them in the 1860 census.  We know she died five years later on Dec 4, 1865 at the age of 28 leaving no children but Ancestry is suggesting a hint to the Social Security program that didn’t start until 1935 so we know something is off regarding this hint.  We click on the hint to look further:

ancestry-hint-for-celestia-s-shackford-one-to-ignoreAnd when we compare the recommended source to the tree we keep in RootsMagic, we see that the source is not referring to Celestia, but to Elizabeth Householder, Erza Emerson Worthen’s second wife who had a child named Sarah Worthen.

So we click IGNORE because we should not match this particular source to Celestia S Shackford.

We also go into Ancestry and look up other people who are researching Celestia S Shackford.  We review the sources they’ve attached to Celestia and notify them that they may have attached sources that belong to Erza’s 2nd wife to Celestia. And then we write this blog to tell the story of Celestia’s short life.

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1850 United States Federal Census, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, population schedule, Concord, page 98 (penned), dwellig 743, family 761, William Shackford; digital images, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 1 January 2014).

1860 United States Federal Census, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, population schedule, Concord, Page 167, dwelling 1306, family 1299, Ezra E Worthen; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 28 February 2016).

“Marriages.,” New Hampshire Statesman and Concord (New Hampshire) Register, 16 June 1860; digital images, Godfred Memorial (http://godfrey.org : accessed 27 August 2013), 19th Century Newspapers.

Massachusetts, Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988, , Celestia Worthen, 1865; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 27 February 2016); Town and City Clerks of Massachusetts. Massachusetts Vital and Town Records..

New Hampshire, New Hampshire Marriages, 1720-1920, , E E Worthen m. Celeste Shackford, 7 July 1860; database, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 23 October 2013).

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