Betsey Sweet is still a problem. I think of her not so much as a brick wall but more like a climbing wall with footholds and handholds out of reach and me with no safely line.... I've been collecting SWEETs for many years, studying families and hoping for possibilities, while eliminating most of them. Recent additions to the familysearch.org databases gave me a new location for Betsey's possible parents: Adams, Berkshire, Massachusetts.
CAUTIONARY WARNING: I am NOT saying that the following couple are the parents of my Betsey Sweet. They are simply one more lead that I am currently exploring.
From the Massachusetts Marriages, 1695-1910 database:
I kept on reading, hoping to see some children for the couple. There were some children listed pages later for other families, but none for any Sweet family nor Payson family. But then, the format of the document changed again and it went back to some marriage records where I found this one:
I still can't link this couple to my Betsey Sweet with any confidence, but they are the best candidate now and the best candidates I have ever had.
I'm sharing this research to show that the familysearch.org databases are not perfect. I tried again today to form a search that turned up either the second or third entry in the online index. After quite a bit of effort and knowing the records are indeed on the film, I was able to find my second record:
And, finally, I was able to force the third one to show up in a search:
This all showed me again in just one day that I must always, always go to actual sources. This experience also reinforced the idea that just because a search in an online database doesn't turn up the people I'm looking for, it doesn't mean that they aren't there!
Births, Marriages, and Intentions of Marriage, ca. 1766-1847 [Adams, Massachusetts]. FHL # 760,652.
https://beta.familysearch.org ; database: Massachusetts Marriages, 1695-1910.
Digital photos of the microfilm images off the microfilm reader by MHD.