Author: <span class="vcard">Diane Gould Hall</span>

How I Solved It: Brick Wall Post #5–William Gillen 1782-1841

Guest blogger Diane Gould Hall’s 4x Great Grandfather William Gillen (Michigan Family Trails) was born in the last years of the Revolutionary War. As we transitioned from colonies to country, our record-keeping also shifted. Here’s what Diane has done so far in her ongoing quest to cross that generation and find William’s parents. Any other…

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How I Solved It: Brick Walls Post #4 – Catherine Dorsey Thorp about 1842-1898

In today’s “How I Solved It” guest post, Diane Gould Hall (Michigan Family Trails) shares her methodology for tracking her great grandmother Catherine Dorsey Thorp from Ireland to New York to Michigan. Her search illustrates the importance of examining records for the whole family, working backwards, forwards, and sideways to identify family, friends, associates, and…

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How I Solved It: Brick Walls Post #3–Rev. Isaac C. Hunter 1798-1842

Sometimes you search high and low and you find lots of information about your ancestor, but no proof about their ancestry. Such is the case—so far—of Rev. Isaac C. Hunter for Diane Gould Hall at Michigan Family Trails. The Reverend was a traveling preacher in the emerging Ohio and Michigan territories. He left traces of his…

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How I Solved It: Brick Walls Post #2 – Robert L. Bowden 1863-1906

Why would you check Ancestry’s [fairly] new Pennsylvania death records when you have no record of your ancestor ever living there? Today’s “How I Solved It” guest blogger Diane Gould Hall (Michigan Family Trails) checked them anyway and there he was…her brick wall ancestor! Because you just never know where you’ll find the record you need,…

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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 (michiganfamilytrails.com) 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: How DNA Led Me to Change My Husband’s Direct Line

Diane Gould Hall, blog author of Michigan Family Trails, has shared this blog as part of our ongoing “How I Solved It Series”. This blog discusses how a DNA match leads to clues about husband’s 2nd great-grandparents. Further research discovers a previous marriage which documents in her own possession actually showed but she missed a…

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