by Abby Glann
Another week, another opportunity to find more cousins! Last week we
talked about dates. Those dates are super useful for finding your
family, especially if you're using a collaborative genealogy site.
Something else that is handy is finding out places. Especially when you
are dealing with popular names, places can make all the difference. Ask
your family where folks lived, worked, were born, married, or died.
These are all helpful clues that can point you to possible sources to
back up your family information.
An example of this being important is if you have an
ancestor named Michael Armstrong born in 1915 and married to Margaret
Perry. Later, when we start looking for sources, say we find two sets of
Michael and Margaret Armstrongs, with birth dates around 1915.
How do we know which ones are our ancestors?
look at the places associated with them. Michael and Margaret number
one were living in Baltimore, Maryland when the 1940 US Census rolls
around. Michael and Margaret number two were living in San Francisco,
California during that census. Say that your grandpa is Joe Armstrong
born in 1941 in Baltimore to Michael and Margaret. Chances are, the
family you want is the one in Baltimore.
Places help so much in tracking down your family.
They can also give you an idea where to look for the family if they
tended to move a lot. Dates are a great first step, places are just as
important, and not just for births. Find out where people lived!