"Never give up!" A famous quote from a famous movie--but it
well to genealogy.
Ruth and List:
I have to 2nd those thots. And add, search as tho you're going to find
something. Expect to-you just don't know where you'll find something. My
greatest finds have come from people/places/times I didn't expect, or was
looking for something else.
My ggrandparents immigrated from Sweden-I've been discussing them lately.
I too had no idea of their names (Frisk/Flodin), only some oral history
of my maternal gggrandf being a tailor (Flodin) and Army Service (Frisk).
Across several extended cousin contacts-people unknown to me, but known
to other relatives-I "found" a cousin who'd hired researchers in Sweden
with good results. Lots of work there to "flesh out" but lots of info
Make certain you talk (mail, phone) to every relative you can get your
little genealogy hands on. Ask each person specific questions, and go
back to them as new info arises that might help trigger their memory for
other things (pictures are great for this!) Mail photocopies of pictures,
if needed. Ask them if they know anyone else (family or FRIEND) who may
be interested in talking with you.
Don't forget the help of strangers and those 'less strange' (like
Sweden-L list members!) who will aid as you least expect. I was wandering
an Iowa cemetery and came upon a gentleman visiting his wife's grave.
Come to find out he knew the family I was searching for. Imagine my
surprise when, a few minutes after leaving he came whooping and hollering
with the location: he'd gone to the caretaker's home and asked!
DON'T FORGET the LDS PAF and TEMPLE records at your local FHC. Do not
expect that because your family wasn't Mormon 200 yrs ago that they're
won't be any information in temple records. . .
Every couple years I make sure I check their records against my names.
Low and behold on one of these occasions my ggrandma's name-with known
and unknown siblings and PARENTS and a GRANDPARENT. One record had been
entered in 1910! The contact turned to be the granddau of my gggrandf's
If I hadn't been able to verify several family members by
name/birthdates, I'm not certain I would have believed the find!
Genealogists are like mystery crime solvers-plugging on when an answer
leads "only" to a dozen more questions. I was once told genie work is a
"fools errand" because of that. I've never had so much fun, happiness,
amazement before in being a fool.
Good Hunting and keep us posted!
Crystal A. Bingham
St. Louis, MO
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Res Motto: To understand the living you must commune with the dead.