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 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.
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 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:
September 6, 2019: Work has continued on ancestors that are in the very useful Genealogics database. I have added more than 200 direct ancestors and lots of good information on nearly 1,000 others. See earlier notes for more on Genealogics, as well as my list of recommendations for useful sources for genealogical research and writing.
August 25, 2019: I have rediscovered the wealth of information on the Genealogics website. Originally compiled by the late Leo van de Pas, this genealogical compendium has been taken over since his death and continues to be updated by Ian Fettes (with the support of many other leading genealogists). This is an important guide for those with UK family lines. It has a wealth of information on 19th century and earlier families of the British Isles, with key links to royal lines across Europe. It is not a primary source, but assembles information from many important secondary sources (all cited, for those wanting to do further research). I have added many generations to my main family lines and continue to mine the riches at Genealogics.
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.]