Weekly Planner: Give It a Closer Look

Magnifying glass.bmpWhether it is an important record of one of your ancestors, a photograph or a map, choose an item, get out a magnifying glass (if necessary), and examine closely all of the details you see. Ponder the significance of everything you see. The season and background of an old photograph taken at a particular event, the name of a witness on a document, an address, or nearby features (natural or manmade) in the neighborhood in which your ancestors lived, all of these things could provide helpful clues to help you learn more about your ancestors.

11 thoughts on “Weekly Planner: Give It a Closer Look

  1. I like your ideas…I have a question…this is the first time that I saw a place to ask a question……my father said that he was classified 4F for the military….he had flat feet and a back problem…..where can we find the 4F’s….I have not seen any…and I know of many that were…..also…where do we look for people who applied for immigration but they were turned down as they could not prove their birth, but continued to live here…

  2. Your ideas are a valuable asset for Geneaolgist.I pull my new files evey winter and give them the twice over. On the back of the page i write all the info that is important, so i only need to get the eye piece out once. Jim

  3. I have looked at all the photos of my ancestors,most of them do not have names on the back,and most were taken indoors,which is frustrating to my search.I have know hit a brick wall,can you suggest what else i can do,Elizabeth

  4. re. Ancestry Weekly: please use a larger font…as the column only fills part of the screen-the print is very small. thank you. -caron-

  5. It is just the same way up in Tromsoe, North-Norway. Photos doesn’t even have the year, and almost no names. Two big books of them. Nice peoples in their finest suits.
    Ask in the papers?

  6. Does Ancestry.Com.Uk still exist?

    Have you combined the two to just Ancestry.Com?

    Please advise, and thanks, sh

  7. I agree with you about reviewing all documents, you will be surprised what information you will find.
    I am fortunate to have several documents from both of my parent’s families. I have a Civil Action Summons document regarding property of my great-great grandfather. The document cannot be used as a confirmed source as some of the information may not be accurate but it is great place to find possible names of descendants. The form lists all the children and spouses of Adam Brower, and several descendants, and dates of death for deceased heirs are included, which is another starting point. I reviewed the information with the bible of my great-grandfather John Henry Brower. Another document is for the heirs of Charles Morris my great-great-great grandfather, this does not have as much detailed information as the Brower document, but still is gives me names to search. Every time I look at the documents, I find something new. Do not over look of the wills of your ancestors. Another researcher provided me with a copy of Charles’ Will and a daughter not previous mention was left a bequest and the receipt she signed included her husband, giving another name to add to the research list.

    I only wish that my great-grandparents had included the names of their children’s spouses in the family bible. The dates of their children’s marriages are listed, but not who they married. I have found all spouses except Eva P. Morris she was married April 30, 1903.

    Do not overlook any document you may find. I found a handwritten piece of paper in a bible from my mother’s Sculthorpe family that shows two married daughters that apparently did not travel to America in 1831 with my great-great grandparents James and Ann Sculthorpe. All the information I had previously found only showed the five sons you came with their parents. Other information indicated that one of the daughters and her family were trying to travel to America, but I have been unable to find out if they did arrive in here.

    One of my cherished items is the diary my mother kept during 1940,41 and part of 42, the diary gives details about daily living on a farm in New Jersey, and what the family did and names of visitors. It was about the time my parents met so there are mentions of my father’s visits. One entry mentioned a locket pin he gave to my mother and I have that locket. I also have the letter my father sent to my mother when he was station in the State of Washington, asking her to marry him.

    Our greatest treasures are the relatives we still have, they may tell you that they do not know anything about the family history, but getting them talking. My parents are gone, but my Aunts are been able to fill in many blank spaces for me.

    Mary Lou Morris Gravatt

  8. My computer has the abiltity to enlarge and “focus” whatever I want to see more clearly.

    I do not want this enhanced viewing as being mandatory; my computer thinks the program download should be quarantined, therefore, I am deleting it from my system.

    Thanks, shaas11

  9. I took your advice & looked more closely to a photo of my grandmother with her sibling sitting on a porch and behind their skinny legs there was a numberical address. This number matched the home my great-grandfather had built! Now I know exactly WHERE this photo was taken! Thank you!

  10. Form NO. 724-11/2,A.G.O.
    this is a card for enlisted soldiers sent by Army Adjutant General to stes Adjutant General after WW I.
    service record card is held either in state archives or state Adjutant General offices.
    this may help somefind information about service members

  11. Information please! I have an old photo of my great grandmother that was a nurse. I believe that she is wearing a nurse uniform that was of the Civil War, but I cannot find any information about that subject. I do have her documents that she worked in a large hospital during the civil war – that hospital was used for prisoners of war. HOW do I find out information regarding Women nurses of the Civil War & what their uniforms looked like? Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

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