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 better document facts and assumptions and to cite reputable sources. In more recent work, I have been particularly diligent. In my older research I often did a very poor job of documentation and sometimes accepted bad information without any substantiation. I now try to consistently note where I have made speculative assumptions about various relationships and facts, but I know that I have still not been entirely consistent in this, so don't trust unsubstantiated information. I continue working on this genealogy and make regular changes to the data and additions to the tree.
To my friends who post family trees on Ancestry.com: Please try to leave some indiciation of where you found the information you post. I am so tired of extended family trees with lots of dates of birth, death, marriage, etc., but failing to make the minimal effort to indicate where that info came from. Shame on you!
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.
This website is updated several times a week with my latest research findings and corrections.Check back often if you find a family line here that interests you. 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.
22 August 2022: Many, many small and large updates to my data among a number of families, including, but not limited to the BANKS and numerous early (1650-1750) Virginia families.
Feel free to contact me via email (gregvaut "at" gmail "dot" com) if you have a question or comment regarding this research.
The scond edition (expanded, with major revisions) of my book Such Lives As These is available for download 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.)
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 these 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.]