Friday, September 28, 2012


One of the books I reviewed at the Allen County Public Library was Cemeteries in Sherburne, Chenango County, New York.(1)  I photocopied the pages that had my surnames of interest (Crandall, Cutler, Miller, Boyden and Spaulding).  This book lists the cemeteries and the names of people buried in each, along with their birth and death dates if known. Tonight I sat down and began comparing the names to the names on my tree on Family Tree Maker.  The dates for Joel Cutler and Wealthy Spaulding, his wife, matched perfectly, and I was elated. But then it began…name after name that failed to match anything. Who were all these people with my surnames? Brothers and sisters? Sherburne is not that big a place. We are not talking New York City.

I found an Eber Crandall on a photocopy I had made. Hooray! There was an Eber Crandall on my tree but, of course, the dates did not match.  So I went onto and found several other Eber Crandalls, but their dates did not correspond to the desired birth and death dates either.  I even gave a healthy margin of error. 

So much of genealogy is tedious. You must check and double check. When you try to verify information, often the source is incorrect.  What is one to do? Really.  It makes me wonder why I got into this racket.

Just venting…. Have a good weekend!


Illustration by Dover Publications, Inc., Mineola, New York, Electronic Clip Art, 1268 Old-Time Cuts and Ornaments, 2006.


(1) Cemeteries in Sherburne, Chenango County, New York; Also a Few Cemeteries of Chenango County Not Previously Included in D.A.R. Records. Sherburne, New York: Sherburne Genealogy Group, 1958. 

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