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From: "Patt Ricketts" <>
Subject: Re: [TMG] Unknowns
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2008 17:59:32 -0700
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On Fri, Jun 20, 2008 at 5:31 PM, <> wrote:

> I'm just curious as to what the people on the list do with a bunch of
> unknown people.
> I was researching my family info on the Phelan side at the Bureau of
> Vital Statistics in my hometown in CT. In the marriage index in the
> 1850's, I
> came across 7 people with the Phelan surname who married. I copied the
> names
> down since more than likely I will never go back to that marriage index (I
> have
> most of the info I need on my specific ancestors). However, I have no
> idea
> if my progenitor, Dennis Phelan, had any family when he came over from
> Ireland. I really don't want to include in my database a lot of unknowns
> since the
> research in Ireland is very difficult (all I know is that he came from
> County
> Laois) and I may never know if I am related to these Phelans
> from the marriage index. Part of me wants to hang on to them and just
> stick them
> in as UNRELATED. But, another part of me doesn't want extra names that may
> never get connected. I'm also asking in case I come across other Phelans
> in
> the death index or the birth index from 1850-1886. As a policy, I wonder
> if I
> should add them until I can establish or disprove a relationship. Right
> now
> it's only 7 people. I also found an 1876 Waterbury, CT census in our
> library
> and there were a lot of Phelans and I copied the names. Any thoughts
> about
> keeping people's names and info who "might" be related? Terry
For my husband's Ricketts line we are at a dead end so I want all the people
of that surname. I have them connected by a dummy father called Unattached

Patt Ricketts

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