Ever since watching Sarah Jessica Parker find a link to the California Gold Rush, I’ve been hoping to find one in my family tree, too. I have family in California (some of whom show up repeatedly in marriage and divorce records) but my research says they all migrated in the 20th century.
Still, each episode of Who Do You Think You Are? motivated me to search for something new in my family tree. I dug through military records, passenger lists, tried to locate a small town in Slovenia (or was that Yugoslavia or Austria-Hungary?) in the Jewish Community Locator, find a 20th-century female ancestor who liked to remarry (yes, just like Susan’s grandmother, except without glam or glitter), searched agricultural censuses, slave schedules for 1860 and 1850, newspapers and more.
If something from Who Do You Think You Are? inspired you to conduct a whole new search or hit a previous research path armed with new ideas, I’d love to hear about it. You can send the details to me at firstname.lastname@example.org (note, that if you couldn’t get your story through to this email address earlier, it’s working now). I’m looking forward to reading each and every one of them … and picking up a few more new tips, too.
About Jeanie Croasmun
Jeanie Croasmun has been working at Ancestry.com while futilely attempting to prove the horse thief story in her family history for over seven years. During that time, she learned enough about her family to determine that the story is likely a great work of fiction. But the search continues ...