Question: I am trying to find link to Daniel Boone. Apparently I am related. I would be a great++++++granddaughter. I have heard a lot of oral history from my paternal grandmother. Can you help?
Answer: There may be some truth to your grandmother’s stories. The short answer is start with your own family and work back. Or in your case, start with your paternal grandmother. Who were her parents? Document each one and then move to the previous generations.
Be skeptical of all family legends no matter how attractive they are. Skepticism will lead to better research on your part.
Daniel Boone was born in 1734 and died in 1820 at the age of 85. I believe he had 11 children, all born in the mid 1700s. So you will need to work back a few generations to either prove or disprove a connection.
Remember to focus first on finding your own family and working backwards. If you start with Daniel’s family and work forwards hoping to find a connection, you will spend a lot of time on false leads and people not in your family.
I recommend checking out two of our research guides to get started: 5 Steps to a Healthy Family Tree and Kentucky State Research Guide: The Bluegrass State
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