Searching where ancestor went to college

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Family lore says that one set of my great-great-grandparents went to college, however we do not know where. We know that my great-grandfather went to law school but did not finish.  However, his law books were passed down in the … Continued

Don’t Always Believe What You See

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When we look at census records or other primary sources, it can be very easy to become confused. There are occasions when things are not always what they seem. For instance, we look at a census records that provides a … Continued

My illegitimate ancestors

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I have several ancestors who were born out of wedlock. Through research and documents we have a hypothesis for one ancestor and DNA has proven the familial connection for the other. Neither one has provided a complete smoking gun to … Continued

Many with my surname live in the same area but I can’t prove we are related

If they are all in the same area, than more than likely there is a common ancestor somewhere in the mix. However, finding that connection is not easy. Now, let me clarify.  If the surname is a common one such … Continued

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

Genealogy Friday: Obituaries can Unlock the Past

I shared with you over the last few weeks how I’ve broken through one of my brick walls. While traveling to another part of the state, I stopped to retrieve an obituary I needed.  Was this truly my great-great grandfather? … Continued

Genealogy Friday: Finding Common Sounding Names

While breaking through this brick wall I currently had a conversation with several other genealogists. We all agreed that when we have a common name such as Mary Smith, John Davis, etc.  Then it is almost impossible to find the … Continued

Genealogy Friday: Searching the Meaning of Unique Names

I told you last week about how I discovered my ancestor, Ariovistus.   He had such a unique name that I wondered what it meant. I knew this wasn’t a family name so where did it come from. I decided to … Continued

Genealogy Friday: New Records Constantly Appear

I’ve been sharing my struggle with breaking through a brick wall. I finally found enough circumstantial evidence to prove who he was, but I had no definitive proof. Not living in the area, I’d not been to check the records … Continued