Tag: records

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: 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: 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: Rent To Own: A Land And Tax Record Quandary

Michael Dyer, blog author from Family Sleuther, has shared this blog with us as part of our “How I Solved It” Series. Michael’s research uncovers some land records finally that help him establish where ancestors were located between 1800 & 1810. The information solves one problem for him but raises some other issues. He goes…

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How I Solved It: Was Hubby’s Memory Correct? How I Did the Research

Marian Wood, blog author from the website Climbing My Family Tree, has shared this blog as part of our ongoing “How I Solved It Series”. This blog details how she investigated her husband’s memories of his youth. The records, on the surface, didn’t seem to match. But by digging deeper, she discovered that his memories of where…

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How I Solved It: Annie Catherine Downing: Found Mutilated on the Line

Suzi Brent, blog author of Family Tree Mystery, has shared this blog as part of our ongoing “How I Solved It Series”.  Suzi tells the story of how her mother had started the research on Annie. She picked it up to find out what was behind her early death. Newspapers and the inquest being completely…

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How I Solved It: UPDATE: Anna Merriman Busby: Who’s Your Daddy?

Anne Faulkner, blog author from the website Ancestor Archaeology, has shared this blog as part of our ongoing “How I Solved It Series”. This blog explains how Anne revisited the profile of the man believed to be the father of Ann Merriman Busby. After reviewing Fold3.com and going through newly digitized records, she confirmed Ann’s…

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How I Solved It: Look Around for Clues

Morag Hughson, blog author of Wir Unst Family, has shared this blog as part of our ongoing “How I Solved It Series”.  Her blog details how she had no luck until she noticed that the death record was one of three with the same informant. That informant information led to her being able to sort…

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How I Solved It: The Mary In Your Tree: Solving Brick Walls By Reaching Out

Katy, the Project Manager at LegacyTree Genealogists, shares her story of a brick wall ancestor who died at the age of 23. After exhausting all online sources and applicable FHL microfilm, Katy emailed all of the Lutheran congregations still in existence in the research locality. Because she was willing to email and ask for help, Katy broke…

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