wrong child in family
Christole E. Olsen GDPZ-CMQ has been placed in my Mother in Law's family but she does not belong there. I see that there is a source of a census record that has her living with the Neils Orson Olson & Nina Yeates family. I would assume that she is a cousin who was there temporarily. When I got married in 1981, all of the living siblings in this family were present and I have met them all at other family events. Two of the siblings (Marjorie (car accident) & Gerald (died at 12) were already deceased in 1981. I have heard many stories that included Marjorie & Gerald, have met Marjories husband and family. There was never a mention of Christole. Family portraits do not include Christole. I hope you can help place her in the correct family. There is one sibling still living, but she was not born at the time of the census record. I will contact that family and see what they know.
Yes, if the image can be seen - I think it will probably help resolve which child is on the record (once the event date is known). I am suspecting an incorrectly indexed name.0
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Census referenced - indicates it is viewable at a Family History Center or Affiliate Library
Viewing that record should help establish which year it was taken and might resolve the concern.
The user attaching this person/record to the family included a 'Custom Event'/note (not really the best place but is there):
"possible stillborn child or an error on this child's name. Last Changed: January 19, 2022 ... "
So they do indicate needed additional work for correct identification of this child.0
I would just assume the only source attached to this ID is unreliable. Even comments from the person who added her as part of this family acknowledge there is no further evidence for her existence.
If you don't know whether she actually lived, or the family to which she actually does belong, I would just detach her from these parents. Go to the "pencil" icon by her name, then under "Child" (Christol E Olsen), click on "Remove or Replace". Check (tick) the "I have reviewed the relationships, sources, and notes for these individuals" box, then select "Remove Parents" and provide a reason statement such as, "No evidence this individual was a part of this family".
Once removed, her ID will remain in the Family Tree database, detached from any relationship, unless another Family Tree user can eventually discover her true identity.0
I highly doubt incorrect information would have been given - though there may be some mistake - hard to tell without the image available for immediate viewing. I would assume there was a person - but the name might be wrong (as has been indicated). I suggest looking at the image first before removing the person.0
Before offering such advice I checked that the only source was the one you refer to in your first response. I also checked 1920 & 1930 census records for the family - which did not include Christol E Olsen, or any similar individual - and did not find any results for her in a separate search.
In hindsight, I accept it might be a good idea to check that LDS census source first, as I am unfamiliar with the nature of a Church census and accept it might relate to internal data of the family held by the Church. It would be interesting to find if the "stillborn" idea was a correct assessment. Interestingly, the younger children of the family are not included in the indexed source, which could place the date of the Church census at around 1917 or 1918 (based on birth dates of all the children in the family and their inclusion / lack of such in the census source).0
Thanks for your suggestions. In reaching out to other family members:
1) The siblings of this family were active family history record keepers, typing the original family group sheets and would not have left out a sibling! My relatives are absolutely insistent that this is a mistake!
2) A second cousin with the name Crystal E. Olson, born in the same area and time, has been found in family search. Therefore the name Chrystole is a misspelling by either the census taker or the indexer.
3.) I will verify with viewing the census record. Just because she was present for the census does not make her a daughter.1
My interest (especially without having any knowledge of LDS Church records) is in "which?" census she is found. Not - if I viewed them properly - the 1920 or 1930 US censuses, so is this a census that the Church has conducted of its members? (Possibly around 1917/1918, based on the names listed in the source attached to GDPZ-CMQ)0
I'm at my affiliate library this afternoon, and I can view the census. It is a LDS Church census, taken 10 December 1920. A child Christol E is listed on the census, in the family of Orson N Olsen and Nina Yeates. The name of that child has been struck through multiple times.2
Sounds like the cousin Crystal E. Olson was residing with the family during the LDS 1920 census, perhaps as a "mother's helper".
Edit to add: Not a mother's helper. She was very young and her own mother had just had another baby.0
Since her date of birth is listed as May 1918, not sure how much help she would have been.0
Look at KW83-4PK Crystal Elizabeth Olson. In 1920 the US census finds her in her family of origin; the LDS census also finds her there, as well as a new baby.
It looks like GDPZ-CMQ Christol E Olsen should be merged into Crystal Elizabeth Olson.0
My point was that a mother's helper is defined as "an individual who helps out a parent or family needing extra care with their children while the parent is at home." An infant of 18 months would not likely be a mother's helper.0
The situation now appears to be pretty straightforward. "Crystal" (or variant) was the daughter of Andrew and the LDS census mistakenly added her to the household of Orson N Olsen. Once acknowledged, her named was (thoroughly) crossed through - as Aine discovered in looking at the original document.
The moral of this story appears to be in the danger of indexing names that have been crossed through! This generally does mean there has been an error (in recording the entry) and the detail should thus be ignored - not propagated.2
It's interesting that there is another child listed and crossed out on that same census, but she was NOT indexed. And a child listed, not crossed out, but not indexed.
There are 7 names indexed - 2 adults, and 5 children.
There are 9 names written on the form - 2 adults, and 7 female children.0
Cataloguing best practice is to index all names. Then the resulting confusion is resolved in the process of synthesis on Family Tree, where there is provision for an explanatory note.0
This problem has been resolved. By viewing the original census record at the family history library (why isn't this record available from home?). The entry of Crystal E. Olson is clearly crossed out. She is obviously present at the time of the census recorders visit. Since we have learned that she is a second cousin and her mother just had a baby, we can see a glimpse into the lives O. Neils and Nina Olson who must be tending the two children mentioned and crossed out.
Having this crossed out record indexed caused me and many others a great deal of stress! I'm not sure that indexing crossed out people is a good idea.1