Genealogy Friday: How Cluster Genealogy Can Break Brick walls

You’ve heard the term cluster genealogy.  However, what is it?

Cluster genealogy is researching extended family groups and neighbors in the area. _DSC0073-66

Why is it important?

Brick walls can be broken down and other information revealed by researching other family groups.

When I first began genealogy over twenty years ago, I had no interest in cluster genealogy.  I wanted to find my ancestors and trace as far back as possible.

Then I hit brick walls and wanted to learn more.  By doing cluster genealogy I’ve learned so much more about my family and their dynamics, make up, interest, family life, neighbors, concerns, origins, etc. than I would have had I not decided to begin researching the clusters in the family line.

What have you learned from cluster genealogy?

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