from Paula Stuart Warren
I am taking some of my own advice and checking old files–tossing duplicate items, things no longer needed, and outdated items. I was doing this to get ready for a mini-family reunion. I chuckled a few times at notes I made as I listened to lectures in the early 1980s. (Wasnâ€™t that just yesterday?) Much of what I found still applies today:
- If a family disappears, check the locations of the wifeâ€™s family. People often moved with the wifeâ€™s family.
- If a family disappears, look westward. Pay attention to when homestead land opened in various states.
- Surname spelling doesnâ€™t count; your family may not have known how to spell the name, or the clergy entering their details into a record book may not have been familiar with the language your ancestors spoke.
- Always keep maps handy and pay attention to city, county, and state boundary changes.
- If your ancestor does not appear in a county history, try for their siblings or in-laws.
- Your family may not have moved–the town or county line may have moved.
- Donâ€™t forget to look for the records of siblings. Those may hold some magic in the form of maiden names, places of origin, and may yield the descendant with the family Bible.
I also found a note talking about the 1910 U.S. census that was about to be opened to researchers. Just think, we now have the 1920 and 1930 available for research. And they are online and every-name indexed today!
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