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The Trick to Searching Genealogy Records
I have been building my family trees on Ancestry.com since 2008. When I first started searching for records on their website, I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to grow my tree. The little leaves (or hints) helped by pointing me in the right direction. For each of my ancestors, I like to complete a profile to its fullest (i.e. from birth to death). However, there are times when I “lose the trail” of one of them. There are many reasons this can happen, including marriage (for women), […]
Do You Look Like Your Ancestor?
As I was building my Oxborough family tree on Ancestry.com, I stumbled upon a photograph that gave me pause. The photo was of Millicent Edith Oxborough, who was born in 1863 Norfolk, England. Her features looked very familiar to me. After a few moments, I realized that she looked like my half-sister, Sonya, who was born in 1960! I took this photo and placed it next to one that I had of Sonya. I looked at the eyes, nose, mouth, jawline, chin. Yes, they definitely looked like they had the […]
Searching for Your Family History
Have you ever hit the “brick wall” while trying to find genealogical records on an ancestor? The farther back in history you search, the scarcer the documentation becomes. I had the same dilemma when searching for Daniel Wakenight, who was born in 1792 in Maryland. The earliest record that was available on Ancestry.com was a marriage record, dated 1816, in Washington County, Maryland. The few facts that I had collected on Daniel helped narrow down my search. I knew, from census records, that he was born in Maryland. I had […]
How to Find Your Elusive Ancestor
While building your family tree, sometimes you hit the proverbial “brick wall.” You can be tracking your ancestor through census records and vital records when suddenly the person seems to disappear! I have had that happen many times and found several different solutions to this problem. I use Ancestry.com to build my family trees because they have a vast amount of records available to search. However, there are times when even Ancestry.com cannot supply an answer. The following are examples of why you could lose your ancestor’s trail: Lack of […]
Do You Have a Border Reiver in Your Family Tree?
Yesterday, I was on Ancestry.com and received an email from a distant relative. She had a question about her great-great-great-grandfather, John Hetherington. She wondered if I knew his wife’s name. I answered her inquiry, and yet, there was a sentence in her email that had caught my eye. She said: “I live near to the Cumbrian border and the original ancestral home of the Hetherington Border Reiving Family – a dangerous and desperate lot!” I wondered to myself what “border reiving” meant, so I went online. Border Reivers were families […]