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The sad discovery of a family history done by Gustav Anjou

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  I understand that a genealogy on the Lilly family was attributed to the genealogist Gustav Anjou.  Is it true he was a genealogist who would fabricate genealogical lineages?


Answer:  It is a sad story but very true on what you have heard about Gustav Anjou (1863-1942). He would compile fascinating fabricated genealogies for his clients. Robert Charles Anderson identifies a listing of genealogies that can be attributed to Anjou.  Lilly is among those listed in Anderson's article - "We Wuz Robbed, The 'modus operandi' of Gustave Anjou" published in the Utah Genealogical Society's - Genealogical Journal (1991) 19:47-58.  The full title of the Lilly volume you mention is The Lilly Family: Lillie, Lille, Lilli, and Lily Families from Sweden to France to America, 1291-1898.

Posted by David Lambert at 03/01/2011 10:37:38 PM | 

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