Part 567p – Smith Robertson Genealogy – The Parker Project – 1787 GGGG-Grandfather William Parker and His Family, Maybe?

02 September 2011

Good Morning,

Well, all 24 legs are quiet right now. The morning walks and feeding has gone without a hitch. Why is it that the smallest one, Tinker… the ‘leven-pounder, believes that she has to have the loudest, shrillest, and eardrum-piercing yelp at the feeding? Scuttling between the leg-forest of the others she seems to be wailing the fact that I am going to miss her. In another life she succeeded admirably in her classes with Pavlov and Maslow.

Yesterday I began capturing the Parker birth, marriage, and burial registration information from The Registers of the Parish Church of Linton-In-Craven, Co. York. Two Volumes, 1562-1812. These derivative sources are the publications of the Yorkshire Parish Register Society as edited by the Reverend F.A.C. Share, Rector of Linton as published in 1900 and 1903. The online versions are collectively 530 pages.

What exactly is a derivative source in genealogy? These are the definitions that I have chanced upon.

The National Genealogy Society provides an astute definition in just a few words.

Derivative Source - Material based upon an original source; abstracts, compilations, databases, indexes, transcripts are examples of derivative sources.

Steve Danko on his Steve’s Genealogy Blog tweaks the definition with just a few changes of words, but in effect relays the same.

DERIVATIVE SOURCE: a record which is generated based on information in an Original Record and is not an Exact Image of the Original Record. Derivative Sources include Transcriptions, Abstracts, and Compiled Sources.

This definition of a Derivative Source considers Duplicate Originals and Official Copies to be Derivative Sources, unless those sources are Exact Images. Some Derivative Sources are also Original Records. For example, a certified vital record that is a transcript rather than an Exact Image is an Original Record, but is also a Derivative Source.

And on that note, the information from the Linton-In-Craven Parish Registers publications can be deemed derivative sources. But I can tell you that, having discovered the 1900 and 1903 publications, my task of transcribing is certainly much, much easier. Thank you, Reverend Share.

My task in my Parker Project certainly becomes much less of a visual struggle.

Well last night, after reviewing a number of the Parker Register entries I believe that I can logically fit my gggg-grandfather William Parker. In Part 553p I introduced the 24 June 1787 Baptism Registration of gggg-grandfather William from Page 383 of Volume II of “The Registers of the Parish Church of Linton-In-Craven…”. He was the son of ggggg-grandfather William Parker of Grassington.

All-things-being-equal I can plausibly fit gggg-grandfather William into a Parker Family that does reflect a possible and credible relationship.

The work and research in my Parker Project continues.




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