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From: Roz Griston <>
Subject: RE: Medieval Families Unit (was: Query Turner/Backshell)
Date: Thu, 4 Jul 2002 10:00:24 -0700

i managed to track down one of the MFU researchers. their info was all
packed away and they were living in another state. they had no interest
or inclination to attempt to assist in any way possible..they had done
their research in the 1970's. sure wish they would just donate there
boxes of stuff to an lds library..rather than it be locked away. a
shame to waste/hoard all those clues.

> Hello, Val. You probably are not going to learn anything useful by
> trying to contact the Medieval Families Unit at the Family History
> Library. The group extracted a lot of medieval-era information from
> standard source books, and people who worked on that project are
> justifiably proud of their efforts. However, not everything from the
> is correct -- some of the earlier connections are impossible, and
> this
> doubtless because the printed sources were inaccurate.
> My advice: Everything on Ancestral File, and any patron-submitted
> data
> on the IGI, should be regarded as a *clue* to further research.
> *Extracted* data on the IGI, although not perfect, has a good degree
> of
> reliability. A look at the original record on microfilm is still
> advisable. I, for one, wish I had understood this 30 years ago.
> Cheers,
> Dolly in Maryland
> ======================================================
> On Thu, 4 Jul 2002,
> Lomax, Val wrote:
> > Can anyone help please.
> >
> > I have found a reference to a possible ancestor from Keymer, Sussex
> > in
> > the LDS Ancestral File - Mr BACKSHELL(born abt 1672) who married
> > Mary
> > TURNER, whose ancestry is quite extensive on the site.
> >
> > Does anyone know if it is possible to contact the submitters '
> > Medieval
> > Families' in Salt Lake City?, to find out where they would have got
> > there information from, or indeed does anyone know if there is a
> > medieval connection with the 2 names TURNER & BACKSHELL.
> >
> > Thanks for your help
> >
> > Val Lomax

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