Weekly Planner: Investigate Siblings, Cousins, Aunts, and Uncles

Too often we have tunnel vision in our quest to find our ancestors and we overlook extended family members. Choose a sibling, cousin, in-law, step-parent, step-child, or some other collateral relative and see how much you can learn about him or her. You’ll be surprised at how often the information you gather on seemingly distant family members aids in your direct-line research.

7 thoughts on “Weekly Planner: Investigate Siblings, Cousins, Aunts, and Uncles

  1. I love to do this!! I always include the info gathered in the family’s section. I often find out a lot more about the parents and my “line” by following siblings and cousins. When reviewing Census, always go “10 up” and “10 down”. You will find family members living a couple farms away, with the aunts and uncles, etc. Genealogy is FUN!!

  2. Many times I have found census records to include an in-law or sibling to the head of household which has been very helpful in finding the maiden names of females and giving a clue to another surname to trace. I have been tracing a family in Philadelphia of George W. Carpenter. In 1880 two of his married daughters, a married granddaughter and a son and his wife are living in his household. The additional names provided me with information I needed to continue my search

  3. I have the same problem with age differences on census’ and other papers. Also the name Lewis is too darn common. To make matters worst, unlike the US Census, the British census doesn’t give some of the same information we get-so some of your hints don’t help me. Also for starters, my dad was an only child!! Rights to privacy haven’t helped either. It’s very frustrating, not to mention when you get common first names of the time peroid along with the common surname, and all the cousins are named for each others aunts, uncles and g parents. Happy hunting ? June

  4. this is so true. by looking into the siblings of my sixth gr gr father, i found out more history and leads for my direct line that i had been searching at least two years prior. it taught me to read everything i could lay my hands on that had even slight connections to family names.

  5. Hi:
    I just read the comments made by me, but sorry to say I did not say that.

    Please let me know if there is another Sophie Cyrocki.
    Our original name was Cierocki. It was changed by my father in law when he worked for the railroad, they could not pronounce his last name. It was done legally in the court.

  6. Sophie,

    Someone apparently didn’t want to use their own name, and “borrowed” your name and email address. I have deleted the comment.


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