Researching your family ancestors and reconstructing your tree is rewarding in many ways. You not only discover who they are, what they did for a living, and the history of the area in which they lived, you also find relatives you never knew. When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?
In one of my research projects, I discovered a man who had been married three times and had children with each spouse. This research was extremely involved first discovering the order of the spouses, their maiden names and marriage dates. What child was born with each spouse? During the search, I found that the 1st two spouses died thus the need for a new wife to help care for surviving children. One of the interesting twists that I discovered was one of the spouses was the widow of the brother to the husband. So not only was he the father to those step children, but he was also the uncle.
I was fortunate to find this man listed in one of the local history books of the area, and although many items were incorrect, it provided me with the clues I needed to track down the complete story. I was never able to locate his death date or burial location, possibly the stone weathered down with time, and I was unable to locate the death and burial location of the 1st spouse, but I was able to find the rest. Analysis of the records available became very important for this person. The case and hunt continues.
In the case of finding the parents of an individual with one of America’s most common surname. I found him listed in a US Census living with his grandparents with a different surname. Using one of my paid subscriptions to old on line newspapers, I found an obit for his father, using the US census again, I found the family structure of his father, and discovered one of the brothers married a sister to his mother. With more analysis of the records available I was finally able to complete the family structure discovering the person’s mother died shortly after his birth. He was an only child of that union. The boy ended up being raised by his grandparents, his mothers parents. To this period his death date and burial location is unknown, however I have been able to find his wife and all of his children. I have been able to pin point a time period for his death, he was listed in a 1930 US census, and his wife was listed in a US 1940 census listed as a widow. This case continues.
Today, via Legacy investigator the detective Sherlock Holmes guides my research and inspires me to keep digging, to keep asking questions. I've listed some of my favorite quotes here.
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