This website contains the ancestors of my daughter, Alexandra Catlin Vaut, and related families. It represents 50+ years of research, but still contains errors, omissions and unsupported information. In my recent work on 18th centtury and later families of our direct lines, I have typically tried to identify individuals do the first cousin level, though this is not by any means consistent. Over the years, I have occasionally disproven a line that I had earlier accepted. Often, while the link has been deleted, those disproven lines remain in the database, making it so large. Some day I hope to purge those "extraneous" families.
My principal purpose in posting this family tree is to provide some research guidance to others with an interest in the people I have identified. As the product of many decades of collecting information, my work reflects considerable change (improvement) over time in my efforts to document facts and assumptions and to cite reputable sources. In more recent work, I have been particularly diligent. In my older research I did a very poor job of documentation. Shifting software from Family Origins to The Master Genelogist (TMG) in the early 1990's - which required export via a GEDROM file - also lost some important notes and sources. I am sorry for my earlier neglect.
I have tried to note where I have made speculative assumptions about various relationships and facts, but I know that I have not been consistent in this, so don't trust unsubstantiated information. I occasionally post versions of this tree on Ancestry and Ancestry/RootsWeb, but they will never be as up to date or complete as the version on this site. I continue working on this genealogy and make periodic 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 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:
May 19, 2019: [My apologies for a recent spate of typos. I broke my arm back at the end of March and have been typing mostly one-handed.] I completed the addition of all of the DNA matches to me shown on Ancestry’s ThruLines to the 4th cousin level. Several of these turned out to be false – as best as I was able to reconstruct the lineages, but most proved correct. Now I have started the same process for matches to my wife, Ellen Downing (MEEK) VAUT.
Logs of several years of past updates are available at the Update Log (or by clicking on Update Log at the top of this page.)
My book Such Lives As These is available 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 am contemplating further research on the five families covered in Such Lives As These, which will focus on the Revolutionary War service of men of the five families. If I go forward with that new research project, I will post updates here on my progress.
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 the 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.]