Tag: family history research

How I Solved It: Who is Elizabeth Fordyce?

Guest blogger Morag Hughson (Wir Unst Family) is searching for the complete Unst Family Tree (Unst is the most northernmost island in Scotland). One day she came across a loose thread: Who was this Elizabeth Fordyce in the 1871 census of Scotland? Pulling the thread and analyzing the evidence, here’s how she solved it, adding a…

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How I Solved It: Angelina Appleton: A Victorian Bigamist

Suzi Brent, blog author of Family Tree Mystery, has shared this blog as part of our ongoing “How I Solved It Series”.  Here, Suzi shows us how she discovered a missing relative who ended up changing her name and becoming a bigamist.

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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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How I Solved It: Thomas and Alice Hutchins Drake: A Study of Mistaken Assumptions

Alice Clark, blog author and president of the South Bend Area Genealogical Society, has shared this blog as part of our ongoing “How I Solved It Series”.  This blog tells the story of the local Goodwill that received personal items which included photographs in a recent donation. These items were given to the local genealogy…

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How I Solved It: Finding Your Immigrant Ancestor in Norway

Kitty Cooper, author of Kitty Cooper’s Blog, has shared this blog as part of our ongoing “How I Solved It Series”.  This blog provided a very detailed look at how she found an immigrant ancestor in records and databases in the US and Norway. She manages to find multiple records and ends with the proof of…

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How I Solved It: Searching for Medad Curtis the Shaker

Nancy Loe, blog author from the website Sassy Jane Genealogy, has shared this blog as part of our ongoing “How I Solved It Series”. This blog proves the truth through research behind the family story of an ancestor who saved the life of Shaker founder, Anne Lee.

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How I’m doing better family history with RootsFinder

My quest for better family history has been going for 25 years. I started as a teenager in the 90’s. Computers were just becoming “a thing” (it was a big deal to have an email address) and genealogy was just beginning to make a presence on the emerging Internet. I got A TON of booklets and…

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