April 30, 2008
The questions focussed on the High Sheriff and Burgess of York County, Virginia. Folks on my email list had over two weeks to respond. I must have received hundreds of emails about this over the past decade, and about 100 genealogists were able to read the Poll questions prior to the close of that Poll. In preparation for the Poll questions, I did a quick survey of Family Tree entries for Jerome HAM on several internet web sites. The one with the most trees was the pay service, Ancestry.com with well over 600 Jerome HAM Family Trees. Another was the Rootsweb WorldConnect web site. A third search was done at FamilySearch.org.
About 97% of the Jerome HAM family trees on the internet have bad information about Jerome HAM.
The Poll generated only about 12 votes. Pretty poor response. There were 141 page loads of the Blog, and 93 views of the You Tube video.
I would gather that people were not voting. I would also gather most folks do not know the answers, since most of the responses to the Poll pretty much reflected the WRONG information on the internet.
All of the answers to the poll questions can either be found in or figured out by using our book. It is hard to believe that people are not using our book for that time frame.
The Poll questions were:
- When was Jerome HAM born? - Jerome HAM married Sibella. What was Sibella's maiden name? - How many children did Jerome HAM have by wife Sibella?
- Were Jerome HAM of Bristol and the Jerome HAM of York County, VA the same man?
Here are the results from the Jerome HAM Poll:
72% have responded that they believe Jerome HAM was born about 1580.
18 % believe that he was born about 1659.
9 % believe that Jerome HAM was born about 1650.
9 % believe that Jerome HAM was born before 1565. (You could select more than one date on this question.)
66 % have responded that they believe Sibella's maiden name was CAINHOE.
32 % did not know Sibella's maiden name.
36 % believe Jerome HAM had five or more children by wife Sibella.
27 % believe Jerome HAM had three children by wife Sibella.
27 % believe Jerome HAM had two children by wife Sibella.
9 % believe they had four children.
42 % of those that responded believe that the Jerome HAM of Bristol was the same man as the Jerome HAM of York County, Virginia.
42 % of those that responded believe that the Jerome HAM of Bristol was NOT the same man as the Jerome HAM of York County, Virginia.
16 % said they did not know.
Which, I suppose explains why there are so many errors posted to the internet web sites (such as ancestry.com). Most likely, folks are not using our book as a reference when posting information about Jerome HAM to the internet.