October 2016

Recently, I have been researching a family that was in Vanderburgh Co., IN, in the 1800s.

This family had immigrated from Germany (or that general area) in the mid-1800s.  They had continued to reside in Vanderburgh Co. through the early 1900s.

At first, I thought that the family was the only family in their area with their last name.  However, another family with the same name lived in the same area!  And, the names of the children/grandchildren/parents were all the same as in the family that I was researching.  Family2 had also immigrated from Germany about the same time as my research family.

It has been very important to sort-out the two families.

When you are researching your family, be sure that you are looking at records of YOUR family, and not another family with similar names and such.



Recently, I have been researching someone who I know was born in Georgia, moved to Texas, and died in Oklahoma.  And, this male married a female who was born in  Arkansas.  This was all in the mid-1800’s until the early 1900’s.


The census records for the time period, of this couple, list the birth place of the man and woman, and some of the records list the parents’ birth places.  When looking at the records for the couple, and their children, I have so far discovered that the man was born in Georgia, Texas, Oklahoma, and Alabama.  The woman was born in Texas, Oklahoma, Alabama, and Arkansas.





You have found your ancestor living in northern Ohio.  And, your ancestor arrived from Germany a few years before ancestor is found in the census.  Do you know where they lived before northern Ohio?

You never know where your ancestor may have lived between the time he/she arrived in the United States, and when he/she settled in northern Ohio.



Recently, I was researching census records.  The household was the last household on the page – was all of the household recorded on the page, or was it continued on the next page?


So, I looked at the next page of microfilm.  No, the family was not continued on that page.  However, neither were the household or family numbers!  The household and family numbers on the “next” page were BEFORE the numbers on the “first looked at” census page.


So, I looked at the “previous to the first” page of microfilm.  There was the rest of the ancestor’s household!  And, the household and family numbers continued from the “first looked at” census page.


Be careful!




When looking at the gravestone of your ancestor, make sure you look at every side of the stone.

For one person I researched, the reverse side of the stone listed all of the decedent’s children!



Bringe gravestone right

A library or other repository visit – wonderful time!  You found so much information too.

Don’t forget to write-up the research notes from your trip as soon as possible.  This will not be wasted time – the wasted time will be when you are trying to remember something that is “not very clear” in your notes.  Remember, right after your trip is when you will have the most time available for writing up your notes – not later when you can’t remember something.


You have found the manifest that names your ancestors!

Have you read the remainder of the manifest? It could be that there were relatives that traveled with your ancestors, but those names are not listed next to those of your relatives.



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