September 2013


When researching an ancestor, I was having a difficult time finding his siblings.

Another genealogist mentioned land records to me – would that really help? I already had HIS land record, so why research more?

I was told to look at the surrounding properties – the ones that bordered my ancestor’s land. So, I did. And, I found a grantee with the same last name! Turned out, the father’s will had apparently given some of his land to each of his sons. Now I knew a sibling!

So, try it! You may find something new!

Maggie

No matter how much we proofread, we still make mistakes. Everyone does – you make them just like I do!

So, proofread the documents – beginning to end, then end to beginning. (It is amazing how many errors are found when reading from the end to the beginning.)

And, hopefully all will be caught. However, it could be that not all are caught.

So, if you see an error in my typing, please, please tell me! Thank you in advance!

Maggie

If you have a brick wall in your research, here is a tip that may make a small hole in the wall.

You probably already know about looking a siblings of a direct ancestor – researching them may give a clue about your direct ancestor. Have you checked in the pension files of the siblings?

Pension files usually contain some bit of family information. And, the information may be about a sibling of the soldier. I was searching the file of the sibling of an ancestor, and discovered that my direct ancestor had given an affidavit about the health of his brother. And, the affidavit mentioned where my direct ancestor lived, and the father of the two brothers! What a find!

Maggie

Have you been to this website? If you have ancestors that resided in Florida, you may find some information about them here.

This website is sponsored by the Division of Library & Information Services in Florida.

I searched for my ancestor, in all of the collections, and a photo postcard of the “hotel” he ran came up in the hits. The postcard is from the Florida Photographic Collection.

You should try it – you may find something interesting!

Maggie

Recently, I was researching at a courthouse. I was in the clerk’s office, going through the probate records. The probate books all had indexes in them, which made the search much easier!

I found the person for whom I was looking. The record ended with the signatures of county officers.

For some reason, I turned the page. And, I was glad I did! On the next page, additional information was found concerning the probate record. Apparently, when the record was copied into the book, something was omitted. The omission was discovered after the next page in the probate book was begun. So, the “omitted” material was written on this page (about half of the way down the page). But, the page was never entered into the index.

If I had never turned the page, I would never have known the additional information.

Maggie

Have you ever gone to a library, courthouse, or the Internet to do research? There are always great records at all three of these places!

Recently, when researching online, I found the will of my something-great uncle. I had researched him in the past, obtaining information about his wife’s brother who is my direct ancestor. It had been awhile, so it was time to see what was “new” since the last time I researched him!

This time I found his will. And, what an amazing find that was. I did not find anything about my direct ancestor. However, I discovered that he named a wife that I did not know about! I did not know that his first wife had died (or they had divorced) and that he had married a second time. However, now that I knew of a second wife, I researched further. His first wife, the sister of my direct ancestor, had in fact died. And, I found a census record that showed him, his second wife, and THEIR children! I never knew any of this!

So, go back and research again. You never know what you may find!

Maggie

Do you keep a diary? Do you keep newspaper clippings of events in your life? Do you keep letters (print out email letters)?

These are exactly the same types of items for which we look when researching our ancestors. It is important for us to keep the items too, as we will be someone’s ancestor some day!

Maggie

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