|Although new evidence enables some
traditional American families to be connected to English families, family numbers have been
maintained in accordance with Family Tables of Racehorses as far
as possible. For example, Family A4 probably connects to Family 21, so
Family A4 is shown as connecting to Family 21 for those who wish to
pursue the dam line.
Most sources, like Family
Tables of Racehorses, rely on the American Stud Book in which
pedigrees were reconstructed from available data. While stud book
compilers like Bruce and Edgar did an amazing amount of work and deserve
endless credit, they didn't have access to all the information. In the
early part of the twentieth century Fairfax
Harrison hired an army of researchers to sift through old magazines and
newspapers and from these he discovered new information, often presented
in stallion advertisements, that recorded the pedigrees of early horses.
Based on this information he suggested a number of corrections. These
corrections are included in the family tables.
American families a40 to a80 have
been recently classified for research purposes according to the number
of descendants reaching into the twentieth century. You are welcome to
use these numbers if you wish. The tables are
presently under construction.
Please address questions and
comments to Christine Matthes.