July 2015


My posts are going to take another Leave of Absence.  This will probably last a few weeks,but may be shorter or longer.

However, “responses” to posts will still be answered.  It’s just the posts that are going to be gone!

Thanks, Maggie


I was having much success finding my ancestor’s family in each successive census. And, their children were listed as aging 10 (give or take 2) years each census. Then, I hit a road block. I could not seem to find the next census listing for the ancestor.

So, what I lots of times end up doing, I searched for the children instead of the parents. And, I found one of the children living with another family. This census did not tell relationships, so I didn’t know why the child was now living with another family. One thing I did notice, though, was a spelling of the child’s last name – not one I was accustomed to seeing. So, I did another search for the ancestor by that spelling, and I found the family. And, the child was again shown as being with her parents.

So, why was the child shown with two different families? By noticing the dates at the top of the census forms, I discovered that the child was one time listed with her family, and a week later she was visiting across town!


When looking in newspapers for clues concerning your ancestor, don’t forget to look for the “Unclaimed Letters” article. This may be the way you discover that your ancestor moved!


My husband’s great-grandfather was named C. F. Holland. It wasn’t until he “needed” a first name that he was given the name of Charles. He received his “new” name many years after he was born.

Don’t assume that your ancestor didn’t have initials for his given name.


Recently, I have been researching a family who moved to Clay County, Indiana, in the early 1800’s. I have found all of the courthouse-type of records, and also the death certificates that are available.

While looking for the particular family, 3 other family names continue to appear in the records. It seems that these four families spent a lot of time together – children married children, widows married widows.

So, I have begun to look at these 3 other family names as well. One of the families moved to Clay County from Kentucky. Why? Did the other families move from there too? Did they all move together? Who did they leave behind in Kentucky?

Now I will examine in more detail the 3 “new” families, and possibly determine even more about the “main” family.


I recently read an article by someone who began writing about Knox, Indiana. The paragraph before Knox was mentioned, the person wrote about some of the counties in Indiana. So, I thought what was meant was Knox County.

I was wrong! The person had “switched gears” and was now writing about Knox, the town in Stark County, IN. It wasn’t until the next page that the person mentioned it was Knox, the town in Stark County, about which they were writing!

Be careful! Indiana, and other states, has quite a few place names like this – both a town and a county are given the same name.