GeneaChat: Last Leaves - Where Are You Stuck?
Who are the last leaves on your family tree? You know, those people who are the last on our pedigree charts. The ones we refer to as brick walls. We all have them.
Sometimes, there simply is no information available to move past those leaves and add another. Other times, it’s a matter of thinking outside the box or revisiting the information we already have to move on up the tree.
Many times, sharing the story of your last leaf ancestor with others can lead to a breakthrough. Connections with cousins who may know important pieces of information can happen when we place our ancestor's stories in a public forum. Have you written about those at the end of your lines?
If you haven’t written about the people at the end of your lines, I encourage you to get started. You may end up with an “aha” moment seeing holes in your research, information you hadn't noticed before and patterns unique to your family.
I have written about a few of my last leaves on my blog Carolina Girl Genealogy.
And the Walls Came a Tumblin’ Down tells how a discovery on Findagrave helped to move me up my Martin branch. Of course, that leaves me with a couple of new last leaves!
My William Dorrity Challenge is to discover his death date, place of burial and who his parents were.
Clues from WWI Discharge Certificates explains how very little information I know about my step grandfather’s family. Discharged papers and clues in them may lead to adding leaves to his very bare tree.
This month we are giving you an opportunity to share your last leaf stories. By posting you link or comment, someone somewhere may see it and reach out to you with answers or suggestions that may help. Sharing enables cousin connections. Letting someone else take a look at where you are stuck will put “fresh eyes” on the problem. They may be able to see something you didn’t and get you going again.
Now that I have shared some of my last leaf ancestors with you, it’s your turn to tell us about yours!
You can participate in this month’s GeneaChat by writing a blog post telling us who those last leaves are on your tree. What are your plans for pushing back another generation? Add the link to your post in the comment section below. No blog? No problem! Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.
Remember that links to your posts and the comments you leave will be part of the GeneaChat: Last Leaves - Where Are You Stuck? - Recap on October 26, 2017.
Thanks for GeneaChatting!