This website contains the ancestors of my daughter, Alexandra Catlin Vaut, and related families. It represents nearly 60 years of research, but still contains errors, omissions and unsupported information. My principal purpose in posting this family tree is to provide some research guidance to others with an interest in some of the people I have identified. As the product of many decades of collecting information, my research reflects considerable change (improvement) over time to better document facts and assumptions and to cite reputable sources. In more recent work, I have been particularly diligent. In my older research I often did a very poor job of documentation and sometimes accepted bad information without any substantiation. I now try to consistently note where I have made speculative assumptions about various relationships and facts, but I know that I have still not been entirely consistent in this, so don't trust unsubstantiated information. I continue working on this genealogy and make regular changes to the data and additions to the tree.
If you see anything wrong or questionable in my data, PLEASE contact me and let me know about it - particularly if you have and are willing to share evidence to supplement, correct, contradict or disprove what I have written here. I am happy to share my work with those who are serious about their own research and am always willing to correct my errors.
I am continually adding to and revising my data. I keep up a log of the more significant updates in my research and to this database. The most recent update is:
ALERT: I have completed a first draft of my latest research project on the Five Families (ARMSTRONG, HART, HOWARD, MCALLISTER, MCLEAN and TRIMMER). The new piece is entitled Pioneers and Patriots: Building the Ties that Bound the Five Families During their Pioneer Days in Pennsylvania and the Revolutionary War. This project looks more closely at the pre-Revolutionary War days (ca1755-1775) and the five families’ participation in the war itself (1776-1782). I have added another individual, Hugh McAllister. I have some more work to do, but hope to publish it by the end of the year with free access on Academia.edu.
Feel free to contact me via email if you have a question or comment regarding this research.
6 Nov 2020: My work cleaning up my database continues. I continue to re-examine my supposed links to European royalty and sever those that I now find to be indefensible. This work continues in parallel with my research on the PA families. I will continue to post updates here and to update my family tree on this website. Check back often if you have an interest in something I’m working on.
My book Such Lives As These is available for download without charge at Academia.edu. (For more information on what the book contains click on Such Lives As These at the top of this page.) I had contemplated further research on the five families covered in Such Lives As These, which would have focused on the Revolutionary War service of men of the five families. I have abandoned that goal for the present.
Beware of information that is supported only by references to Ancestry Family Trees and that is not confirmed with other evidence. I sometimes include such information to guide my own research, but you shouldn't trust these sources unless you can confirm them and their sources yourself.
Please cite all sources of information, including this website.
Recommended citation: Vaut, Gregory, Ancestors of Alexandra Catlin Vaut, http://www.acvancestors.com : accessed (insert date), (insert name or item of interest).
[Based on Mills, Elizabeth Shown, Evidence Explained. 3rd edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2015, p. 657.]