This is a great prompt for a blog. I have well over 2000 names in my “Reunion” family tree. I have over 7000 names in the “Ancestry” family tree. The difference in numbers is because I used contributions of other people in my Ancestry tree without verifying that the information was correct. And most of the information was incorrect. That is when I started over with “Reunion” and every bit of information in that tree has a source. Not a guess or a “tip” but an actual existing, documented source.
Sources can be federal and state census records, birth and death certificates, newspaper articles, city and county history book references, phone books, tax records, property records, employee records, church membership books, school year book references, ship passenger records, immigration records, court records, funeral records and obituaries.
Here are a couple of examples:
I was having trouble with the 1940 census when trying to find my father. Turns out his parents had divorced and his step father and mom moved to Washington state and my father and his brother were listed with their step father’s last name. I found this information when searching for my aunt’s census record (my dad’s sister).
With this new information I continued searching for my dad’s father and found him in Minnesota listed on the census as living in a “transient camp.”
That opened up an entirely new pathway for research. What was a transient camp? How did one become housed in a transient camp? I don’t have all the answers yet, but I will soon.
This is my hobby, it takes a lot of reading, a lot of notes a lot of mystery and a lot of imagination. However, even a source may have a problem. That’s when I start looking for a back-up source. If the information is found in one place, most likely it will also be in a second place. This is a never ending hobby!
Jerry Stalter, Clarance Frahm, Frank Martin, inside the car is Jerry’s grandfather Himberg Anderson.