Talk:Pedigree Resource File

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2014[edit source]

Not a rewrite per se, but simply adding and correcting as needed. Jrcrin001 18:22, 6 October 2014 (UTC)

PRF material goes to FS FT[edit source]

Jrcrin001 22:48, 7 October 2014 (UTC)

Sent: Tuesday, October 07, 2014 2:50 PM
To: jrcrin001xxxx
Subject: PRF upload also goes to FS Family Tree? [ ref:_00D301b00H._50030VsDxZ:ref ]
Dear John,
It does appear that your information is correct the information does go to both FS FT and PRF. If your are looking for another location for your life work the following may be of some use. Hope you can find a good place for this important material.

FamilySearch Wiki Support Team

Old material and notes before 2012[edit source]


If you wish to get help, or to help someone with what you know about your ancestors, please use the FamilySearch forums. If you do it here, I'm sorry to tell you that very, very few people will ever find it.

Thank you! Robert 21:58, 9 December 2011 (UTC)

Sources in Pedigree Resource File[edit source]

The notes say that sources are provided, but there appears not be a way they can be seen. The Source line in the notes includes a number of Alpha-numeric references but they mean nothing. It would be helpful if there was some explanation so that the original source for the entry can be seen.

Connie Melton[edit source]

I research the Kuschel, Lemm, Buersken, Zwak, Zwack, Czech families and some of the information that I have found, on this site, has been very helpful to finding my ancestors.  I have dates and places, for a lot of my ancestors, and I have found mistakes, on this site, as well.  All of my information comes from family members, they have family bibles and any old obituaries and or prayer cards.  I do appreciate all of the information that this site does supply to all of us who are researching thier ancestors,  Thank you Connie Melton

Victoria Munn[edit source]

10/04/2011 This article was exceedingly informative as my husband's family knew nothing about what happened to Mr. Hendershott after he left his wife Catharine Corcoran Hendershott sometime just after the 1900 census in LaSalle, IL.  Family Lore only said "he ran off with a redhead!"  His daughters Mary Leota and Hazel Helen never saw him again.  Mrs. Catharine Hendershott returned to North Dakota to homestead by 1906, taking her two little girls and her mother with her.  Her mother Mary McDonough Corcoran  was b. 8-20-1833, daughter of Michael McDonough and Catharine Newell of Oughterard, Galway, Ireland;  her husband was Patrick Corcoran, b. 1822 in Ireland.  Mary died in Burleigh, ND, Sep. 22, 1918.  Catharine's only surviving sibling Anne married a William Baxter and resided in Emmons, ND. (She and Will can be found there on 1910 and 1920 censuses.)  Anne Corcoran Baxter apparently had a daughter when she was seventeen named Ellen Donovan who is living with her in 1910.  Catharine, Hazel and Leota lived in ND until 1927 when Hazel's husband Philip Elliott (who she married in Bismarck Aug, 30, 1922) moved them to Flint, MI.  Born in Garner, IA, Mr. Elliott attended Grinnell College and then Harvard Law School.  He was an assistant attorney general for the state of ND, becoming a judge in Flint for the remainder of his legal career.  Frederick Hendershott's first wife Catharine Corcoran Hendershott died in Flint Mar. 22, 1962, never having remarried.  Their daughter Leota married Cecil John "Mickey" Lynch and had no children.  She was widowed young and was a legal secretary in New York City.  She passed the NY State Bar without ever having attended law school.  She died in Palm Beach County, FL, Jun. 11, 1980.  Their other daughter Hazel Hendershott Elliott was a homemaker much loved by her family.  She had three children Catharine E., Philip C. and Anne L. and died Mar. 15, 1970, in Boynton Beach, FL, where she and her husband Philip had retired.   Mr. Philip C. Elliott followed his father to Harvard Law and was also a judge in Flint during his life.  Thank you for your info.  Hope mine was helpful to anyone curious about Mr. Hendershott's first family.  Victoria Munn

Jordan Coffey of Amherst Co., VA[edit source]

For a very long time Jordan was believed to be a Coffey.  Recent DNA testing of a known descendant tells us however, that he was actually a Taliaferro and likely the illegitimate son of Jane Coffey, a daughter of William Coffey and Elizabeth Osborne.  William was a son of John Coffey, himself a son of Edward and Ann Powell Coffey.  

Some researchers believe that Jordan's father was Benjamin Hawkins Fitzgerald, who eventually married Jane. Jordan often tried to use the Fitzgerald surname in official records, but the surname Coffey was also entered. Logic would indicate that if he were Benjamin's natural son then Benjamin would likely have claimed him.

Contrary to some genealogies, John Coffey was born in Essex Co., VA and not in Ireland.  John married Jane Graves in Virginia c1728 and died in Albemarle Co., VA between Jan. and Feb., 1885.  Jane was born c1708 in Essex Co., and died in Wilkes Co., NC in 1792.

John's father, Edward was born in Ireland c1670 and brought to the Virginia c1690 as a bonded servant of William Mosely.  Edward appeared in the Jan. 6, 1699 will of Mosely and therein was given his "freedom, corn, and clothes." 

Jack Coffee []

December 2011 Rewrite
[edit source]

Proposed outline:

Content to include:
- What is PRF
- Where did it come from, it's history
- What type of data is found in it
- How do use the data
- Tips and tricks for searching it
- Links to manuals, courses, or anything else we have (that is not on the old site)
- FAQ's about the data (see the ones on the pages below)

Here are some resources for the rewrite:

Robert 21:58, 9 December 2011 (UTC)... ongoing

Feedback[edit source]

I found the notes relating to the Pedigree Resource File very helpful and informative .  The only downside was the fact that whilst it explained how the submitters are identified by reference numbers it didn't explain how or if one can contact the submitter in any way which I found rather frustrating

Additional Comments[edit source]

I suggest that pages like this be linked in a way to show how they relate either to learning about genealogy or help for other topics in the Wiki. This is essentially an orphan page.

Just a suggestion.

James L. Tanner 13:29, 5 January 2012 (UTC)

Not allowing submitters to update or remove their submissions[edit source]

The page was ok.  I do have a problem with the fact that people cannot remove their submissions or even correct them.  When errors in the submission come to light -- even years later, and I cannot make changes is upsetting to me.

To submit the entire file again with the correct information without being able to go to the original and at least note that this submission has been updated makes no sense to me.

Also why can't files be submitted through FamilyTreeMaker?

Thank you.

Instructions on how to use the Pedigree Resource File Online in conjunction with the CD's is no longer valid because the old (Classic) FS site was shut down BEFORE migrating over the CD numbers to "Trees" on

Now, you can no longer find the CD that contains further information on your ancestor in the Index online.  The old Classic FS had the CD number linked to the record, so you could easily find the disc at a Family HIstory Center and look up additional information on notes, sources and submitters.


Editing Talk: Pedigree Resource File[edit source]

Kudos for a good, overall outline.  I'm working with 'newbies' and this is a great resource to share with them.

Some stats would be good[edit source]

I think it would be good to publish some stats on contrbutions, to help let the community know how active the database or collection really is- whether it is worth searching or not. When I search records I can see the latest collections and see the growth. I realize that it is difficult to catagorize linked data, but there must be some way to indicate that some many 100,000's of records were added this month or quarter?  Just a thought.

Pedigree Resource File[edit source]

PRF seems to answer all of the misgivings I have about Family Search Family Tree. I'm actively seeking somewhere to store my tree and there is such a wealth of options on FSFT EXCEPT for allowing others to alter it. Please consider adding the ability to include photos to PRF, and I will be completely satisfied.