Month: August 2018

Five Steps for Finding that Hard-to-Find Irish Ancestor

Genealogy research in Ireland is notoriously difficult due to the lack of available records. The experts at Legacy Tree Genealogists, Inc., have chased many an elusive Irish ancestor and they’ve learned a thing or two that can help. Here they share a case study (with the client’s permission) along with five key steps for finding your…

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How I Solved It: The Wives of Moshe Hersch

Israel Pickholz, blog author from All My Foreparents has shared this blog with us as part of our “How I Solved It” series. Here, Israel evaluates X-chromosome evidence to determine potential relationships. __________________________________

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How I Solved It: [Re]searching The Sartor Search

My grandmother was just four years old when her mother died. Grief-stricken and probably keenly aware of his own mortality, my great-grandfather sat down and wrote “Geniology [sic] of Hills as known by Dr. T.C. Hill written for benefit of Anna Helen Hill.” “Your Great Grandmother Hill [sic] name was Jane Sartor Hill,” T.C. says,…

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How I Solved It: Her Name Is Valerie

Gwen Kubberness looks for the stories behind mugshots. One day she felt drawn to Valerie. This is her story. __________________________________   She was Valerie Lillian Rita Lowe. She looks as if she could be anyone’s daughter. She has a shyness about her and innocents in eyes. When I first laid my eyes upon her I…

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How I Solved It: Brick Walls Post #1 – John C. Gould 1833 – 1919?

If you’ve ever felt like “a reasonably exhaustive search” could take your entire life, you’re not alone. Diane Gould Hall ( has done A LOT to find her ancestor John C. Gould’s parents. In today’s “How I Solved It” guest post Diane shares her methodology and asks for ideas from our readers.     If…

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How I Solved It: Tip: Finding More of the Story on

Dana Leeds, blog author from The Enthusiastic Genealogist, shares with us how a snippet found on a Newspaper site by a cousin led her to find more about the story with further searching. Dana points out that three articles name the man by three different names, which reminds us to be creative with search strings, even…

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How I Solved It: Eleanor Hope: An 18th Century Single Mum

Suzi Brent, blog author of Family Tree Mystery, has shared this blog as part of our ongoing “How I Solved It Series”. In this blog, Suzi shares the story of how she found the names of the fathers of three illegitimate children of one ancestor in the late 1790s. Using Parish Chest and Poor Law records for…

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