Unfortunately, I found this article too late — I already found the answer on another service. It looked much better typed than hand-written. I find more information from my non-direct lines than I do with my direct lines. I have never focused only on my direct lines because the information I have found is too limited. Many people have benefited from me not focusing only one my direct lines especially back in the days before Ancestry and other genealogy websites. I was finding non-internet sources that were not available to the public and they were able to knock down some of their brick walls.
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Unfortunately my direct lines are still full of them. I never understood why people create trees with only a direct line. They are doing a disservice to themselves. I have found many cousins that I never knew existed because I researched my cousin lines and many marriage links. Putting an adoptee in a tree of court-ordered with no strands of DNA shared is a huge error-and as an adoptee I emphasize should never be an option.
It is bad enough if the individual -like me knows she he is adopted, but far worse when the adoptee has never been told of their actual status. My sister and I were abandoned by parents in I was a little over 2 years of age and had memory; my sister of about 6 mos of age had none.
Our brother not even a year younger than I was kept by the parents. He would have had at least some memory for a short period of time, but that would have faded within a year, aided by the fact that his sisters were never spoken of again. My sister and I were immediately separated and I never saw her again, nor she me. Because both of us were adopted in a sealed file closed adoption state, she has no way to know that she has sibling, s and I have no way to trace her because her files are sealed by court order. Upon the fina adoption order, both of our birth names were stripped from us and replaced with court-ordered names.
My sister is listed in my family tree by the names given on her original birth certificate as daughter to our parents. My brother is on the tree as himself, and I am listed as the birth name on the tree with explanations regarding adoptive name, married names and my legal name I petitioned a court to have I did not have to go through a court to use the name now mine, but I wanted the record signed, sealed and so ordered. Not included are any names to do with those who adopted me or who had anything relationship with them-including their natural children born after my adoption.
Simple reason: they were not and are not my family-and we do not share any genetic material or history. I have now DNA analysis on five databases so that if my sister has her DNA tested and we are on the same data base, we will be an immediate family match-siblings.
Even should she have found copies of the final adoption order, she will find only her birth name with no other information, not even her real birthplace. All adoptees want to know who we are, where we came from and most importantly who our family is and what our culture, etc. Whether or not we had a good or bad adoptive experience. It is just as much our birthright to know these things as it is for you who were never deprived of a normal life. We adoptees do NOT belong to anyone other than those who share and who gave us our genepools. As DNA testing becomes common place, and falls within a price-range not cot prohibitive, the secrets, fibs, little white lies and larger black ones will be exposed.
I was lucky to find one lone uncle over decades of search. He is 91 and the last of the paternal lineage we share.
All else except a cousin or two re gone this life, and dead men or women tell no tales. I have 13 generations of paternal ancestors traced, but only 9 of my maternal ancestors … but I know my deepest gene pools -which includes one Neanderthal male and four continents … I only hope I will be fortunate to share this information with my sister. Mix me and her with adoptives not our kith and kin? NO court is strong enough to mess with Mother Nature, not to change our Haplogroups or shared centimorgans. AND, then the names of your adoptive parents, family, etc.
Yes, it is hard at first, starting out. May know your grand parent names, but from then on back it is REAL challenge to find that data. Either interviewing your parents, as you would for a school project, and not all will be willing to give out more information. Many wonderful stories are lost this way when parents will NOT TALK about their life as young adults, or teenagers, a young child, or about their parents and their home life.
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So true! I found the name of my 2x grgrandfather in a family history book of the man who married his widow.
Totally unrelated family, but it gave me the next name I needed. I have also used the noted methods. The one that was the most successful was noting that there seemed to be 2 unrelated families of the same name with the same unusual spelling in 2 neighboring cities in Minnesota. Wondering whether they were actually related I began building a tree for the second family just in case.
When looking for the cemetery where he was shown buried I found he had been moved to the cemetery where one of my family members was buried found him buried in the same plot. He had lost his wife, left his kids with his in-laws whosebible pages were sent to me and immigrated to Canada where he remarried had a large family and then immigrated to Minnesota shortly before my family. I have done this from the beginning.
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My maternal Grt-Grandfather was my Brick Wall. I needed to research horizontally to eventually discover his family and origins. My Father was adopted. It took years just to discover his adoptive family.
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His real parents were a mystery for many years. I only recently found his birth certificate — he never saw it! Using the BC and a story my Father told me about his childhood led me to his birth family and then on back another generation to Swedish immigrants! I still know little about his family but so much more than I or he originally knew.
My Father was also adopted. He passed away in I only know a few stories I have been told. None of them have panned out. How did you get his birth certificate? He was born in Kentucky. Put in a home called All-Prayer Foundlings Home when he was 3 in It closed down many years ago. I am getting no where. Thank you for any help you may be able to give me. Donna Wilkins. I did have a few clues.
I knew that my father was born in Minneapolis and I had the date. His mother always seemed distant. She died when I was about 7 years old. MY memory of her is of a mysterious woman standing behind my Grandfather and myself and watching us from a short distance. She seemed quiet and cold. I now think I know who she was but she is still mostly a mystery. His Mother, whose parents were Swedish immigrants, is still mostly a mystery.
Barbara, I have communicated with you before about our Bayless line. Do you have any early Bayless portrait copies? Carmelita Pranter Kammann. I have used this approach for years. I also research family friends and neighbors in their own trees. I have made some very important discoveries looking at everybody. And, as you said in the article, getting a real picture of my ancestors lives and times. Those spouses had 4 siblings. Those 4 siblings had 4 spouses. The 4 spouses of the siblings had 4 siblings. The problem is often compounded by the fact that immigrants tended to live in ethnic neighborhoods.
My paternal grandmother had 6 siblings and HER father had 8. One thing that IS annoying about the Ancestors and Siblings approach is that Ancestry recognizes the same person in both trees and keeps showing hints from the detailed tree in the other tree. This is oh so true. I have found some really fascinating facts whilst researching outside my direct line.
MyHeritage is offering 2 free weeks of access to their extensive collection of 9 billion historical records, as well as their matching technology that instantly connects you with new information about your ancestors. Sign up using the link below to find out what you can uncover about your family. The documents in RG 10 fonds take many forms, including files, letter books, ledgers, registers, lists and more. Detailed descriptions of these documents are available in research tools called finding aids.
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