Why does my Ancestor Appear Out of Nowhere?

Question: It seems as though for my situation my 2nd great grandfather Robert, who was the one born in 1818, just appeared one day. This is more common than we may think at first. I understand your pain about Robert … Continued

Why did my family not serve in the military?

Question: do you have any idea why or where I could look to find out why none of them were in the military at all during the Civil War, WWI or WWII?   Why was my ancestor not in the … Continued

When Ancestors Share Same Name

Question:  How Can I Tell Which Person I Am Researching When My Ancestors All Have the Same Name? This is a hard one! When you have John Williams {1790-1830}; John Williams {1815-1875}; John J.  Williams {1828-1903} and John R.  Williams … Continued

When Ancestors Are Missing From Census Records

Last week, I shared how researching relatives on the census records with my great-great-grandfather led me to breaking through a brick wall and discovering who his parents were. However, he was not listed on the 1870 census with his parents. … Continued

Researching People with your relatives on the Census Records

In searching for my great-great-grandfather I hit a stump. I found him at ten years old on the 1870 census, living with a woman who was 72 years old.  However, no relationship or additional information was provided. I was stumped.  … Continued

Genealogy Friday: 7 Pieces of Information City Directories Can Reveal

I had a great-uncle who disappeared without a trace.  Family legend stated he disappeared in 1934, but he was listed on the 1940 census with his family.  This confused me.  I thought that he did not disappear until after 1940 … Continued

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