A relaxing day yesterday, just watching a few sessions as I know I will be able to view most of them over the next year. So now to start day 2 at 10am my time in Tasmania.
Went to the Main Stage but all sessions had finished already. Then looked at the live sessions for today and have already missed 9 out of the 10 I wanted to see. Glad these will be recorded so I can watch later on.
So looks like my plan for today is to look at some series and other sessions I have ticked and added to my playlist. I have also been watching twitter to see what other sessions are being recommended by other genealogists I follow.
Loved the introduction to this series. Common saying by mums of large families “Is everyone here?” Jana suggests ways to fill in those gaps in your family tree where you might have found some children but maybe not all of them. This is mainly for English families.
An individual’s story includes all their relationships.
Before 1900 most married women had children every 1-3 years so check your tree for gaps that might show children missing
Ask questions about why there might be a gap – change church, dad in gaol, dad a mariner, stillbirth etc
Find your family in every census
Keep a spreadsheet or chart from 1841-1921 and mark off relevant censuses you find each member of the family in
Remember children grow and leave home or are apprentices or servants in other homes of get married
If not in a census, maybe emigration
Also use 1939 register
In 1911 census , you find how many children a woman had – how many alive and how many dead
Use civil registration records to help fill gaps
Use indexes on GRO website gives more info than other indexes on Ancestry etc – register for free and order certificates from here as well
Use birth and death indexes – good for those children who died young
Church records mainly Church of England prior to 1837 when civil registration began
From mid 1500s, two copies of christenings, marriages and burials are found in parish registers or Bishops transcripts
Inscriptions on gravestones, where they are buried, maybe other members buried nearby
If you can find the images, it can be better than indexes – they often have extra information in margins
Also look in neighbouring parishes and towns
In small towns, create lists with same surname – often they are related
Wills, admons (didn’t leave a will), estate duty
From 1858, check at gov.uk or in Ancestry
Before 1858, you need to check county probate records which can be found on family search wiki – findmypast and the genealogist also have the images
In small town keep record of all with same surname
Escaping the Famine – Irish settlement in Canada by Melanie McComb @ShamrockGen
This session really interested me as those readers who follow my blog, know of my frustrations with my Irish Jackson family. After three members of the family, William senior, William Junior and Rebecca as well as another relative Jane Steel, were sentenced to transportation, another member of the family Anne Jackson, who had dobbed them in for stealing, asked for help to get away from Ireland.
While I was travelling in Ireland I did some research on Anne and found her with two other children Mary Ann and Robert going to Canada on the recommendation of the magistrate who had sentenced the Jacksons.
Melanie’s session included the history of Irish Immigration to Canada and many of the reasons why this happened. She also discusses the voyages across the Atlantic from Ireland to Canada. Once in Canadian waters, there was quarantine to go through at various points along the coast.
Before 1865, no formal passenger lists but some shipping companies kept lists. This is where I found Ann and her children on the J.J.Cooke list arriving on the ship Superior in 1847. These records are now on Ancestry.
Melanie also mentions a collection of records coming into New England through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick for the years 1841-1849. It includes more than just immigration records.
Melanie then went into other ways to build your Irish family in Canada:
Using census to looking for parent(s) born in Ireland but children born in Canada. Different information found in each census will help you work out when someone came to Canada and maybe where they came from in Ireland.
Church records – some found online, others still on microfilm and found in registers at particular churches.
Land records also might help build your family tree in Canada – province level first then county level
Newspapers also give lots of information including goods belonging to dead people and how to claim them. Also check out obituaries and articles in area near where your Irish family settled.
Gravestones might also have town and parish in Ireland mentioned on them.
Readers: What was your takeaway from day 2 at RootsTech 2022?
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When doing the diploma, I found Dianne Snowden gave great help when setting up specific research question rather than just a general one. This has improved my researching skills tremendously
I really should have done that intro subject 😬 #ResearchQuestions are immensely useful & I should endeavour to use them more.
I do rely on research questions when writing my family stories. They create an intention & help me to stay focused. I tend to easily go off track otherwise
The point of a research question is for it to be specific so it can help you to find the answer to a problem. A research question helps you stay focused on a task
Ever since I started Family History at the University of Tasmania I have tried to write a focused and concise research questions as part of my research plan – to focus my research. Have I been successful? NO.
Going back over previous research and reexamining evidence very helpful in formulating the next steps – and deciding what question needs to be answered.
I am not good with excel Alex so I need a well structured log ready made for me. Research ties helps me to keep track of my research and since I began using it I tend to use research questions more
A well crafted research question can guide our research to the right record set
Writing out a research question forces you to focus on what you want to know. You can see if it is more than one question. Or maybe you are a little confused and have to relook at your evidence. To me it is focusing on just one question at a time.
Shauna to me question at a time is key, along with focus., Without a research question I would want to tell a person’s entire story in one writing session.
It depends on what you mean by a question. I have questions I want answering all the time. Today’s – what is John Cummings’ date and place of birth? Why is he not in any records until he marries my cousin in 1916?
Relooking at your evidence is a helpful process when researching.
I think research questions help structure your thoughts and identify what you already know and keep you on course as it were. I need to use them more regularly in my research.
I find that if I formulate research questions I am more likely to achieve a successful outcome as I stay focused
I’m currently writing family stories for the April A-Z blogging challenge. A research question for each post stops me rambling on and losing focus of the intention of the post.
I found Thomas MacEntee’s Genealogy Do Overs very useful in this regard. Encouraging us all to go over previous research, slow down and testing theories. I blogged about it here familytreefrog.blogspot.com/2015/01/do-ove…
Currently going over all my research entering sources first rather than just dates and places so if no source it does not get entered
A much as I promise myself that I will put some source even if it is not perfect I found 2 people yesterday that I have added to try to get to DNA matches & have no idea where I got them from. They are living to so it’s probably not a tree
It is easy to forget where we found things when we forget to record it Fran but we all do it from time to time
Research Qs help narrow scope/time (important for me with any client work). For personal work, I tend to use research Qs when I’m investigating a theory e.g. pattern of 1Cs rather than siblings as wits. Otherwise, generic research Q “what can I learn about X”
It really is helpful. Don’t get me wrong, there are times when I just poke, shake, rattle and pull (my own research) randomly to see what shakes out. Sometimes best discoveries are from that or it allows me to frame a more concrete question.
Yes, RQs are an important part of my research methodology. Asking the right question, and making sure the question is answerable, can open up new avenues for #genealogy research.
How would you structure an effective research question? Do you record your research questions, evidence and outcomes in a research log?
I really dislike research logs & don’t use them. I record my research question plus evidence & outcomes in my family history program.
I used to use notebooks but I found that I wasn’t able to quickly find where I had found information so an online log is working well so far
Yes Sharn – same. I think what is great about online logs (read blog in my case) is that you can tag stuff and search for it easily.
My rule of thumb is “use what works for you”. The best system is the one you’ll actually use.
well I am always firmly in favour of never reinventing the wheel when someone has already done a marvellous job. I recently discovered Prudence Dwyer’s SMART research goals template on Fuzzy Ink Stationery creativefamilyhistorian.com/productivitypo…
To create a good question you must gather what you already know and how you know it. I will only record a question if I am going somewhere to find the answer
An excellent point Hilary. As the Cheshire cat said to Alice when she asked which road to take “It depends on where you are going”
Unfortunately I don’t record my research question, evidence and outcomes in a research log very often. My blog is the closest I come to that. Here is an example of some recent research but I need to do better – check blog listed below
Hard to describe in a few words. I include points to create borders around or exclude information that you might find. Eg born 1888 means you can pass by years say 1888+-2 years. Or immigrated to Aust in 1895 means suggests the 1901 census is not relevant.
I usually use pen and paper. I don’t keep them once I have answered the question. I record the outcome in my genealogy software. I don’t use a research log & never have. With new resources coming online I think we need to review and go over existing research.
This is how I do it too Shauna. I’m so pleased to hear you don’t use research log either. I did think I was a ‘bad genie’ for not using them
I have only been using a research log since we did that topic Jennifer but I have found it helpful so far for remembering what I have done – sometimes I forget and grab a notebook out of habit
I find it works for me to record it in Legacy in the notes for the person
I use notes in Legacy for DNA information seeing my tree is a DNA matches tree. I have my own sources too like BDM Online and Cemetery Search
I create a structure for blog pages of my ancestral lines – so that helps keep it focused rather than necessarily writing research questions – however for my Colonial American ancestry research I created a summary project page of directions I was taking
A summary project page is a great idea. I always create a structure when beginning a blog post about a family member. Along with the research question it helps to keep it clear and concise
Perhaps I subconsciously do this as I write my profiles. I have certain data I try to find for all of them, then look for extra info if I have time. That list is in my head. Then I add the categories and stickers
I usually have a research aim with two or three questions relating to it, then list of records to use to find the answers
I’ve been wondering WHERE people write their #ResearchQuestions. I think i’d have to have it, in very large letters, on a whiteboard above my desk, for it to keep me honest.
My whiteboard is where I put my research question Brooke. Along with any brain storming I think of that might help to answer the question
I also write the research question in the person’s notes in Legacy and at the top of a blog post and delete it when it’s completed. I find that works really well for me
I like that approach Jennifer. I’ll have to find the equivalent notes place in Family History Maker software.
If I am going to the archives, I will write question on my notes app in ipad, then as I find answers will add to the app
Several apps been released over the last few months for use on @WikiTreers. For Electoral Rolls I use the Ancestry Citer app. The source is same for all except district & year. I keep it loaded on a tab, add link, create source, copy & paste it in the profile.
I agree! I like to break down a research question into small distinct steps. That way you feel like you’re making progress, even if you can’t answer the question fully, or straight away.
SMART works for me: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time-sensitive. e.g. What testamentary evidence is available from online sources (incl. library/archive catalogues and newspapers) for person X in country/ies Y between 1852 and 1890.
Approach depends on context. For theory testing usually excel. For personal research, the log is the person profile and allows me to identify specific knowledge gaps. Otherwise, word doc with headings tailored to research q, incl search parameters/criteria
I use @ScrivenerApp as my research planning journal. It is writing software with an integrated outliner, document editor, and index cards.
For research planning and discovering questions to explore, I like to create a timeline and a checklist of sources already gathered. For tough cases, I use a spreadsheet based on this design by Crista Cowan.
Crista’s checklist is cleverly designed to go along with Ancestry’s categories of records (no surprise there). I’ve added other categories to mine, like academic papers and genealogy journals.
There’s a space on the Source Checklist spreadsheet to put the research question at the top. If you have several RQs about the same person or family line, or in the same locality, it’s easy to copy a sheet and keep everything together in the same workbook.
Tell us how you have used / could use a research question to solve a problem in your family history research?
Well I may submit a brickwall question to the SAG English research group this week but want to be sure that I present the information clearly to them. Their guidelines ask what I know and where I’ve looked so that is a start.
A key part of a research question for me is a timeline. That allows me to see any gaps or inconsistencies. James Henry Trevaskis disappeared in Copperfield, QLD. I have narrowed down to less than 5 year gap. Still haven’t solved that but review every so often.
I have several places where a research question may help usually when father is unknown
Before I formulate my research question. I always create a timeline to help show where I have gaps. I love timelines!
I find that I tend to use research questions more when I have a tough problem to solve like differentiating between two people of the same name. Staying focused and writing everything down helps
For me I need focus. Writing a question down, reviewing what I have, listing possible sources, not repeating work. Am I successful? Not all the time however if I do a weekend full of research I do progress and get more done.
I love the timeline approach. @ScientistSoph ‘s GenShow presentation about negative space emphasised how useful it is.
I’ve used MindMaps for framing some complex challenges like finding ancestry of my 3 x gt gdmother from the Isle of Skye – wrt Viking ancestral lines etc
Currently examining 1898 and 1902 reports of sibling funerals to identify those individuals/families who attended both and using 1901 census to begin building family trees for those men to query relationship to family. Early days but promising
I’ll link to some of my RQs that I posted on Genealogy Stack Exchange. (As my husband’s former boss used to say, “If you don’t cite yourself, who will?”)
I found a card index for probate files on FamilySearch and realized I didn’t know how to use the index properly to find the file. So I worked it out and posted a self-answered question to show others how I solved the problem. genealogy.stackexchange.com/q/5372/1006
This brilliant QA was written in response to one of my questions on the site about GRO subdistricts. If you need to narrow the geographical area when ordering a certificate for a birth or death in England and Wales, try this clever hack. genealogy.stackexchange.com/q/10355/1006
Share where we can find information about using research questions. What has been your best source of information?
my research questions are not as detailed as some of I have seen. Depends on what the issue is. I prefer to keep things simple, You can use your genealogy software to record them eg by using tags for brick walls and then in the text list what you know
If I have a particularly sticky research question I will use @EvidentiaSoft to analyse the information
We do have to think of those who come after us Margaret. When I think back to some of the old info, totally unsourced that has been handed to me over the years. It’s very frustrating. You want to be helpful to your descendants
That is why I put all my research on WikiTree and FamilySearch – it will be available for everyone after me. I am transferring my mother’s 50 years of work from her unsourced trees to these place adding the sources as I go. I HAVE NO DESCENDANTS.
perhaps the best piece of research I did was with the aid of a mindmap which did show up areas of research I hadn’t investigated in connection with my maternal grandfather. I blogged about it here familytreefrog.blogspot.com/2015/03/resolu…
I think we all have our own approaches that suit our brains/work styles. Mine is based on college & experience. There’s no “right” way IMHO. Maybe one mentioned today will resonate more than others. Do what works for you. Best advice is “suck it and see”! 🙂
We picked this topic to help us think about Research Questions as next week we are doing “Helping Solving Your Brick Walls”. It is one of the popular suggestions for a topic. During the week feel free to write a question & tweet questions.
Not quite sure how it will work. Other chats do this so lets give the topic “Helping Solving Your Brick Walls” a go next week. Regards Fran & the team
Readers: Do you use research questions and how do they help you in your research?
Remembering that stories are important in family history, not just the birth, death, marriage dates and places. So how do we find information to fill in the gaps in the stories was what was discussed at this #ANZAncestryTime chat.
How do we identify gaps in our research? Is it important to do so?
I use timelines to work out where I need to look for more info eg school records, employment records etc
If you use good desktop software it may have a way to let you know what is missing
I am currently redoing my database and have queries to help find what is missing.
I have two ways of identifying gaps: (1) is writing up my research which makes clear where I’m missing information. (2) checking against my preferred sources to ensure I’ve included them.
To find gaps in knowledge/evidence about an individual … start writing up what you know about them as a sourced biographical narrative. This soon highlights the gaps which you can then set about trying to fill
Starting with what you know is a great tip Jane @Chapja It’s much easier then to see the gaps
Yes, Jane, I can get on board with this method, because my goal is a story, not a full database.
I like to try to fill in the gaps in my research. Often when traditional family history records leave gaps you can fill them using newspapers. DNA has helped me also
Love me a good timeline! Plus checklists, making sure I’ve covered at least all the basics.
For brickwalls I use mindmaps (from FreeMind) to review and identify what I might have missed
I love creating mind maps. I picked up that tip at Rootstech a few years ago. It’s amazing what can jump out at you as missing
Mindmapping – you could do this with pencil and paper I’ve also used Freemind Mindmaps for preparing museum exhibitions What’s really nice is that you can collapse sections or open then up
Using a research log or prompt sheet can help to identify gaps
A1: I use spreadsheets to work out gaps in my research. I try to limit my sheets to things I plan to research and basic vital records. It is important so that we do not waste time and use our time more productively. #ANZAncestryTimepic.twitter.com/Lb00jNaW2V
To visualise gaps in tree … the DNAPainter ‘Ancestral Trees’ function enables you to visualise tree completeness so you can decide where in your tree you may want to focus next – dnapainter.com/#trees
I create detailed timelines for individuals and families – it’s a great way of spotting both gaps and connections I hadn’t noticed before. Creating bios for Wikitree also made me go back and look for things I’d missed, so I could tell a coherent story
As Australia doesn’t have its census records available, we have to utilise different record sets and not get caught in the decennial gap trap.
Identifying gaps in our research is important if we’re to gain a full view of the lives of our ancestors. Learning what records are available for place and time, and using them, is critical.
I find using a spreadsheet to set down timelines of each person useful. Columns represent list of possible records they would be in, when I locate I tick it in the column. Records BMD parish records and census.
As with so much in family history, it’s finding what is most intuitive for each of us that helps productivity.
When looking at gaps in our research we need to look at regional, national and world events to see how they affected our families.
Ancestry’s DNA match colour coding and DNA Painter’s chromosome mapping have filled gaps for me
When new records become available work through them to ensure you have not missed someone GRO site helped me
I use timelines. I include place as well as dates. For example, is it possible that my research people were in e.g. New York for 1910 census and then enumerated in England a few months later in 1911? (Yes, it is, but confirming it opened new avenues)
Yeah Sophie’s “negative space” is basically the same idea, although her approach is more colourful. I’d like to be able to do a 3-D version that layers people on top of time/place. Best I can do for that is Visio/process maps
Visio is a lovely little microsoft package – very easy to use. I also use it for presenting smaller family trees – extracts
timelines are really helpful, as is writing up a person’s life. Often realise I’m missing something crucial.
Interesting how many of us find narratives helpful to identify missing research.
I tag my Legacy trees as I find supporting sources so I know which ones I need to find.
i do a timeline sheet in my Research Log (Excel). I add date in first column then age, event and place for each person in the family with a diff colour for each person. Then i can scroll and see where each family member was on a date.
Different formats for diff research questions, but usually just a table in a Word document – year in one column, date in next, then a text field with whatever info I want to record. I find that little bit of visual organisation just enough to work for me
Ancestry’s DNA match colour coding and DNA Painter’s chromosome mapping have filled gaps for me
Yes … Delay no further! DNAPainter has so many useful tools and functions to help find and fill gaps in our research
I have loved DNA painter since Jonny Perl first introduced it at a RootsTech conference. He is brilliant
something I do with my students often is get them to fill out a blank direct ancestor tree just to see where they’re missing bits.
Do you use a timeline to identify research gaps? Do you use your genealogy program, Excel or another program?
I use mainly Legacy but sometimes go with spread sheet
Funny you mention it, because I created one today about a great grandfather, using a table in WORD. I’m including citations from the many sources I have found about him. He never seemed to stay in one place for long – trying to put all the pieces together.
Those wanderers can be a lot of work to trace. I have a few of those. Timelines do help to see where they’ve been
I have a bigamist who disappears after he serves time in Victoria. Not found anywhere yet.
I suspect some bigamy with my American born Adams 2xgt gddad too. Disappears from Grafton & NSW. Then emerged close & shared DNA matches descended from Tassie man of same name who appeared in Tassie little after Grafton man disappeared. Same man or close family?
Example of spreadsheet to show gaps as promised. Some columns may change if moved overseas. yes means I found the record or certificate and have recorded it in my family tree program. Down the side list of family members. #ANZAncestryTimepic.twitter.com/ufWAuWZIrd
I find that now I am writing up the family histories (part of my downsizing project) I am finding gaps and then I just fill them as I go. If I can
Yes writing narratives is a great way to find gaps in information … it also helps to spot inconsistencies in the information you have too
I can be in the middle of a blog post about an ancestor and realise I have a gap. Then it’s off down a rabbit hole before I finish the blog post. That’s where I am now
Writing is the best way to spot gaps! Writing seems to trigger all sorts of analytical processes in your brain that regular research does not.
Yes, and why it takes me so long to finish a blog post, let alone a research report for myself (loved your presentation on that!)
I found an infant death in Ireland following naming patterns and a gap in the births.
Tracing 19th century Aussie wanderers, it’s helpful to put the gold rushes on the timeline. A ‘missing’ person may have gone to try their luck. Check other colonies.
Good tip Brooke to add to the timeline. Also perhaps expansion of an occupation eg railway construction?
Gold rushes impacted just about everybody’s family – follow the gold. One of mine moved from Sydney to Victorian goldfields then up to the Gympie rushes in Queensland and finally over to the Western Australian gold rush. Over generations and not all moved.
Yes, my West Coast NZ gold rush ancestors all started mining life in Victoria. Most of them left family there, though contact has been mostly lost. I hope to re-establish some one day!
Another one of my mining families ducked across to Reefton for a while then back to Queensland. Have to look both sides of the Tasman
I realised one of mine did when I mapped the births of all his (many) children. Another way of spotting gaps. Map the babies.
A2. I create mine in Word or Excel, depending on the amount of data manipulation I want to do. Here’s one for ggrandma with her residences (green), events (blue = birth of son, grey = death of child), and her family’s events. #ANZAncestryTimepic.twitter.com/WxrUDuBke9
This timeline was created for a specific research question: where was she living when she got pregnant with her children who were born out of wedlock? The timeline helped me formulate a hypothesis about the probable father, later confirmed with DNA.
My genealogy program allows you to export any query to a spreadsheet so you can work on it outside the program
Timeline but also my online tree with Ancestry where I can see on their facts or story what might be missing
Also when I write my biographies I have particular sections of their life to include which means I might need to do more research with newspapers etc to find that info
combination of Excel for checklist and offline family tree program for timeline. This then helps with writing up in more details in a blog.
If I’m looking at a timeline, I will use Excel to analyse what I have and what I’m missing. I always use date, month, year in separate columns. Alternatively I use Word document gaps. I don’t use my genealogy program for this.
my genealogy program is good for seeing gaps in the research plus you can add notes and reminders. I used to have lots of sticky yellow notes but using a program helps keep me focused.
I will write or look for other queries to identify other gaps once I have added census information
While I don’t always use a timeline I do identify gaps as I write up my research. I am using a timeline for my troublesome McSherry family. I also compare my checklist of record sources to see what I might have missed.
I’m constantly using timelines and use Legacy family history software. Occasionally I use excel for timelines
I look at my genealogy software & files for reference, but I create it in MS Word.
What key facts do you include in your timeline? What records do you use to fill the gaps?
vital records (including addresses/occupations on children’s births), the census, any known migrations.
after looking at all possible records I then look at newspapers and overseas records. Sometimes the ancestor could be a witness or informant in a record.
BDM, children, grave or cremation, residences, any info from Rolls or Census records, newspaper stories
It depends on time period – early 19c Irish ag lab/working class leave very little trace in records so there are often big gaps, especially if they never married/had kids. Newspapers/migration/institutional records may fill gaps but often have to accept gaps
If I could just fill in the gaps in my lots of Irish ancestry I would be very happy. Wills have been useful
If you can find them, if they survive – I’ve yet to find more than a calendar entry and that for only a handful of people. The swines!
So inconsiderate of them! 🙂 I got my English 4GGF’s will. One line sums it up: “to my beloved wife, executor of this will, all my assets” – thanks Grandpa!! 😀
I like to record as many facts as possible in my timelines from cradle to the grave. I also include major events like war, famine, depression, pandemics. These events can trigger ideas for more records to search
If I am trying to find someone who is missing I will search in Newspapers or look for them travelling
Censuses and BDMs are the anchor points. Otherwise it could be anything – church records, entries in the street directory, newspaper reports, appearances as witnesses/registrants on other BDMs, court records – as long as it can be tied to a date
I like to track my ancestors’ locations, and kin, where possible to get a full picture of their lives. For immigrant ancestors I also want their immigration records – where available.
At the moment I’m including day, month, year, event, location, notes and citation. I’ve used newspaper articles, police records/gazettes, BMD certificates, electoral rolls. The guy I am researching went interstate and overseas enough to confuse us all!
Birth, Deaths Marriages, other key events in the life of the person. Also historical events at a certain time, for context
Trove is great for filling gaps we didn’t know we had – totally unexpected events and activities. I like to use Education, land, occupation, military records, immigration, clubs/societies inter alia.
I include every event for which I know a time and place for that ancestor. So vital events, military service, prison time, births of children, etc.
My excel sheet columns include for the names such First & Mid Name, Last Name, Full Name then vital record dates. The ID for the person. I split the dates to a columns for date, month and year. Finally the columns for the specific data I’m working with
vital records (including addresses/occupations on children’s births), the census, any known migrations
Can you give examples where you or others have successfully plugged research gaps?
One thing that timelines can hide is contradictory activities. eg An ancestor is recorded being in one place for his child’s birth, & having a business. a legal case showed he was also working on the gold fields a distance away: there were regular coaches.
lots of those for my Dickson family. Currently working on Rev Dr David Dickson’s children A few more than in official bios
I used timelines to disprove a family legend (two men) but extending the FAN (family, associates, neighbours) research actually demonstrated there was a foundation for the legend – multiple timelines.
another TL piece: sometimes, not often, RC priests recorded both birth and baptismal dates. RC baptisms usually took place ASAP but there was a 6 week gap. Made me look more closely at godparents. They’d travelled quite a distance, another chink in brickwall
I used timelines to disprove a family legend (two men) but extending the FAN (family, associates, neighbours) research actually demonstrated there was a foundation for the legend – multiple timelines.
Our genimate @luvviealex wrote recently about her life in 12 censuses. It made me think more closely about my own presence in the records and how I wish I’d been able to see my parents’ and grandparents’ census returns.
Tried this today in a timeline but discovered it left out great chunks of our lives even our overseas postings, seems we were always in Aus. Made me think of ancestors gaps
Exactly! I don’t want to share all the nitty gritty but I think it can help highlight the challenge for the next couple of generations while privacy rules apply.
How cool! I have never been enumerated in a census in my life. The Netherlands stopped taking them in 1971 since we have a continuous population registration and they know where we live. 👀
Using DNA Trove BDMs to help adoptees to find their bio families and Collins Leeds method too
My longest running project is the collection of Electoral Data from NZers in my tree. Add another cousin to my tree creates gaps for Electoral Roll entries. Having such a large collection of addresses helps with a diverse range of other research questions
Trying to find out what happened to a woman from when she returned to Scotland in 1868 until her death. For that time period looked at censuses, deaths in her family & mapped them in time & space. Found her. Went to live with her son in England & she died there.
Timelines have been very useful me to find out where ancestors were fighting during WW1. I start with enlistment date and place and then do a timeline of their war service
I hadn’t thought do to a wartime timeline. what a great idea @SharnWhite I intend to do it
It helps to know what battles to research Jennifer and what war diaries to look for
It is always worth looking to see if there were births before a marriage one turned up this week not a relative but the person they married was
I have been trying to find out how a man in Bathurst met a woman in Hill End and how she had 4 children to him. There were no family connections between the places. Today I found on Trove his license to drive a coach from Bathurst to Hill End. Yes unfortunately he never married her. I must do a timeline to see if his coach trips coincide with the births! I expect they did
Doing a timeline of where members of a family were in census records helped me to find a missing person
I find researching between the census records for missing children has turned up a few who died young
using census records – when I can’t find them I try all variants – Price was indexed as Grice – sometimes gaps are caused by indexing errors, bad handwriting or human error
Or search by a family member with the most distinctive first name. That worked for me.
All of my ancestors start in UK. When they emigrated to New Zealand, I found them passenger lists and rest of the information in the newspapers, even when they then moved to North America, especially the journalist ancestor, which was the subject of my blog
I’ve set up web pages with blog post sections for all my ancestral lines- sometimes cousins read these and make suggestions that I’ve missed something or drawn a wrong conclusion
My ancestors lived in a place in the Netherlands that kept mill tax records in 1700s that listed everyone in the household. I used these to see when children entered the household and prove that one child was baptized under a different name than used later.
I’m using a spreadsheet of every single event I can find for my McSherry family in the hope of breaking down my mysteries. Very clear for a 25 year block, then nada.