Finding children for your ancestors – all of their children – is an important part of telling their story. I don’t just look for my direct-line ancestor and ignore the rest; that approach doesn’t explain why they made the decisions …Continue reading →
Detective Clarence Daly (1885-1926) is part of a collateral line but researching him was fun. A family story said there was a "Clarence Daly" who became a New York City policeman and died on the job. Oddly enough, that family …Continue reading →
I recently spent a little time in memory lane, remembering how family research used to be a lot more time consuming than it (usually) is today. So many researchers don't need to spend time slowly scrolling through microfilms to find …Continue reading →
My previous post about Jane Grady’s parents showed how confusing some research can be. Additional research was needed and I now have a little better understanding about the Grady’s of Millport / Pine Valley, New York.
It's time to rethink a brick wall. So in one of my long ago posts I asked Who are Jane Grady's parents? I now have the answer. It took lots of digging and banging my head against words that just were not …Continue reading →
Many researchers run into several generations using the same name where records, like the census, do not clearly identify each person. When that happens you need to find other records to help identify who is who.
Well, the autosomal DNA test did surprise me. Britsh Isles, check. Scananavian, um I guess. Those Vikings were all over the place a thousand years ago. Central Asian…. um, what? I’m guessing more invasions out of the Steppes into Europe. …Continue reading →
So I finally took a DNA test to see what it might find. The test won’t result in a research breakthrough but it could be interesting anyway. I’ve got enough generations that I’m certain my ancestors are all from the …Continue reading →