Weekly Planner: Share Your Family History Leads

Do you wait until you have concrete proof of a relationship to share a find with another family member? While you definitely don’t want to pass off an unproven theory as fact, it’s a good idea to share some of your hunches with other family members. Let them know that you’re still trying to prove a relationship, but share the interesting stories. They may be able to help you prove or disprove your theory, and getting them involved in the hunt may spur their interest and inspire them to join you in your family history quest!

7 thoughts on “Weekly Planner: Share Your Family History Leads

  1. I completely agree with this theory, since it is true that “nothing ventured/
    nothing gained.

  2. This is absolutely true. I would extend this even beyond family. I have been tracking a long lost relative for some time – it turns out that she did not marry and left no descendants. Once I got to the point of sharing what I believed to be “her story,” to a couple of potential friends and co-workers, did I strike gold. Turns out that they have been the keepers of her legacy for some 20 plus years…and were grateful to have someone to pass it on to. Treasures lie in amazing places!

  3. After being fired by the new Chinese from the People’s Republic of China, I lost a full time job three years ago,worked as a professional interpreter in Chinese for over two years….One only need to prove Jan is Cheng and not Zheng if one has the Certificate of Residency issued by the U.S. Government and the last name was not spelled by the Communist Chinese Pin Yin system to convert Cheng to Zheng after 1949, part of the Chinese bloody Cultural Revolutions which lasted thirty years or so! Knowing the old language and refused to be taught the new simplified Chinese will save lots of headache and confusion!!!! And print out the Chinese character on the web page will certainly clearify the Chinese last names spelled in English(American).

  4. I share everything that I find out in my research with my mother. I do however make a point of saying if I have proof or not.

  5. My family name of Ludlam – the English Leicestersshire ones (not the Derbyshire ones)is fairly rare so that I thought it would be easy to track them down. This was back a few years ago when the only CD ROM was the 1881 census, but could I find my grandfather Edward John Ludlam? Then having talked to an eldery distant cousin on our annual Christmas phone call, she remembers her grandmother calling him Albert. I found him, not in Coventry where he died, nor in Leicester City where he was born but in a small village in Warwickshire called Marton – his mother’s home. Suddenly I was off again on the search again!
    Since then with aid of a few distant 2nd cousins etc, we have traced back our set of Ludlams back to Oadby – to the days of King Henry VIII.
    So a simple comment opened doors

  6. I am thankful for those people who longe to share their family tree and history with other people who are searching the same line. Without these people’s imput on ancestry.com I would not have not found the many branches that are making up my family tree.I am finding many were convicts from England who came out on different ships. Their journeys fascinate me. It makes them more real to me. I would like to see some photos of my ancestors and descendants to be able to put a face to the person. There are convicts and bushrangers in my family tree. I am a descendant of the Earls of Warwick – Thomas De Beauchamp who fought under William hte conqueror. If people never shared their treasures with other people I would never known my roots. I am going to England next year to see where my ancestors lived. I ma walking in my Dad’s footsteps now with family research and he is sharing everythnig he has researched with me and he is telling me the stories of my forefathers. I am fascinated by the stories and the times they lived in. I have a photo of a house one of my ancestors lived in and I am drawn to it more than castles and palaces. It shows a simple life. I have shared what I had with soem people and not heard back from them. I was disappointed that they had no feedback or anything to share with me. Some children never learn to share. I have a brother in law who doesn’t share his treasures either and I’ve given up asking him to share with me. You find what you are looking for in the most unexspected places. We keep digging and ploughnig till we find our family treasures. I see an attic with a wooden chest with all kinds of treasures inside. Find the key and open the chest and delight in the treasures.

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