How I Solved It: Celia’s Uncle Max and Family

Luanne Castle, blog author of Entering the Pale, has shared this blog as part of our ongoing “How I Solved It Series”. Here, Luanne follows the immigration journey of “Uncle Max” showing how important passenger lists and the citizenship papers of extended family members can be in locating a town of origin, and other important family…

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How I Solved It: The Swinfield Family Bible Discovered!

Geoff Swinfield, blog author of The Swinfield Blog, has shared this blog as part of our ongoing “How I Solved It” series. Geoff discusses the great discovery of the long-lost family bible and how it was found by reaching out to the public through a blog post.  

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How I Solved It: Frederick Allen Downing: finding the father of an illegitimate child

Suzi Brent, blog author of Family Tree Mystery, shares how she conquered what she had thought was an unsolvable mystery for our “How I Solved It Series.”  A DNA test from a third cousin twice removed and an inquest report helped Suzi track down the unknown father of an ancestor…and brought meaning to a clue…

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How I Solved It: Will The Real Kirk Daughter Please Stand Up?

Michael Dyer, blog author from Family Sleuther, has shared this blog with us as part of our “How I Solved It” Series.   Michael finds some red flags for a father and daughter that no one had noticed until a book was being written about the family and they were double checking information. Further investigation…

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How I Solved It: Did Your Ancestor Leave You A Clue at the Cemetery?

Patricia Greber, blog author from the website My Genealogy Life, has shared this blog as part of our ongoing “How I Solved It Series”. An in-person visit to a cemetery reveals a set of three headstones, one of which doesn’t fit with the other surnames. A message on the Rootsweb email list and a response from…

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How I Solved It: A Detested Ancestor – Philemon Benjamin Hawkins

Renate Sanders, blog author of Into the Light, has contributed the following post as part of our ongoing “How I Solved It Series.” Here, she shares her experience digging for a nugget of truth in family lore. She found the answer in estate records and discovered how a shared name can lead to a century of…

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How I Solved It: Why John and Mary Boyd (Mitchell) Are Not the Parents of Robert Mitchell (1714-1799)

Schalene Dagutis, blog author of Tangled Roots and Trees, has shared this blog as part of our ongoing “How I Solved It Series”. This great blog is about how Schalene didn’t believe various trees that stated a specific set of parents to Robert. Online research and the contents of the will proved her thoughts.

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How I Solved It: My Tommy’s War: An Eastender in the Lancers

Caroline James, blog author at The National Archives UK, has shared this blog as part of our ongoing “How I Solved It Series”. This blog is only the first part of the story about one man that served in WWI. Caroline shares with us how she discovered who he was and where he served. This…

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How I Solved It: Death Investigation: Was it a Railroad Accident?

Vanessa Wieland, blog author, online community editor and dean of Family Tree University, part of the Family Tree Magazine family, has shared this blog as part of our ongoing “How I Solved It Series”.  This great blog is about how Vanessa tries to confirm the family story of being crushed to death between rail cars and finds…

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How I Solved It: The Body (okay Ancestor) in the Library….

Alex Daw, blog author of Family Tree Frog, has shared this blog as part of our ongoing “How I Solved It Series”.  Alex revisits a previous blog on the family that included information and a warning to be careful of certain indexes. So she avoided those indexes at first and went for a newspaper. That set off her…

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