Example of Fraudulent Genealogy
Thomas Miner (Minor) is a colonial ancestor of many people. However, his own ancestry is incorrectly listed on most records, including FamilySearch.
After becoming a successful businessman in colonial America, Miner wrote back to England between 1683 and 1684 to ascertain both how his family name was historically spelled (Miner versus Minor) and what his genealogical line was. In an early example of fraudulent family history, the response he received,<ref>"An Herauldical Essay Upon the Surname of Miner". In possession of the Connecticut Historical Society. Hartford, Connecticut.</ref> including family coat of arms and pedigree, was proven to be mostly false in a 1984 study published by the New England Historic Genealogical Society.<ref>Miner, John A. and Miner, Robert F. "The Curious Pedigree of Lt. Thomas Minor". New England Historical and Genealogical Register. New England Historic Genealogical Society. July 1984, pg 182-185. See online version at:
- http://alum.wpi.edu/~p_miner/CuriousPedigree.html. Accessed 14 July 2007</ref>