OK. They really weren’t troublesome people while they were living. (At least I hope not!) But if you’re like me, you have them too…those ancestors who refuse to be found in normal records. Or that leave a lovely paper trail, until they just disappear. No trace of them can be found. I’ve decided to spend time this year focused a few of those ancestors. I’ve gathered ideas to help me in this quest.
The puzzles and mysteries of genealogy research are what keep me doing this after so many years. Seeking answers in dusty old records and the plethora of online resources is fascinating to me. When it becomes less enjoyable is when I cannot find an ancestor--despite my best efforts. Here are some activities that I’m going to do to help me find answers/solve some of those mysteries.
I hope these ideas help you as you research your troublesome ancestors. Or if you’re just starting, these are good practices to incorporate into your family history research. Happy researching!
With a lifelong passion for genealogy and history, the author enjoys the opportunity to share genealogy tidbits, inspiring others to research and write their family story.