There is a family story that has been handed down for several generations now, and repeated by EVERYONE in our family, that we are direct descendants of a certain famous academic guy. I have always believed it, my mother believed it, my grandfather believed it. I have told many people this guy is my ancestor, because I had no reason to doubt this story.
Only in the last couple of months while doing a family tree on ancestry.com have I come to realize this may not be true.
When Warren believed the family story and used it in applications, there was no ancestry.com. Why wouldn't she believe what she was told, just like I did? This should not be a problem. Only hateful, partisan hacks are making it one.