GeneaChat-March 2019: The Luck of the Genealogist-Success Stories 9

The Luck of the Genealogist-Success Stories

Last month we talked about where we are stuck, so I thought it would be fun to share our successes this month.

  • Have you just “happened” to find a record?
  • Has a brick wall come down?
  • Have you pushed back another generation?
  • Have you discovered stories lost over the years?
  • What about photos, family Bibles and other heirlooms?
  • Has DNA led you to cousins and other family members?


Tell us about any of your positive research experiences! What did you discover and how did you do it?

Here are a few of the posts I’ve written about my finds.

Sometimes it seems we are “lead” to a record. This is what happened to me when I decided to look at the next image on microfilm. The answer to a long-held question about a family member was the subject of this post.

My dad found his grandmother’s Bible in a box headed for the trash after his aunt’s death. I write about the discovery and the wonderful mementos she kept inside it in this post for Treasure Chest Thursday.

This Tombstone Tuesday post shares my experience asking for help finding family while visiting a cemetery and receiving it a step away.

Now it’s your turn! What are some of your successes as you’ve researched your family or others?

Let’s share the positive and cheer each other on!

You can participate in this month’s GeneaChat by sharing a blog post or leaving a comment letting us know what kind of luck you’ve had!

Remember that links to your posts and the comments you leave will be part of the recap at the end of the month.

Looking forward to reading what y’all have to say!

Thanks for GeneaChatting!

Cheri Hudson Passey

About Cheri Hudson Passey

Cheri Hudson Passey is a Professional Genealogist, Instructor, Writer and Speaker. She is the owner of Carolina Girl Genealogy, LLC which provides research services as well as instruction and coaching though her Genealogy 1-on-1 classes. Born in South Carolina, Cheri has roots in the state for many generations. Her blog Carolina Girl Genealogy has helped tell the story of these ancestors and her research process. You can contact Cheri by email or by visiting her blog Carolina Girl Genealogy. Cheri Hudson Passey writes the Modus Operandi column for Going In-Depth Magazine.

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9 thoughts on “GeneaChat-March 2019: The Luck of the Genealogist-Success Stories

  • Denise

    I recently broke down a long-standing brick wall in my research. My mother’s family came from what was, for 40 years, East Germany. Records were elusive. My mother had a first cousin, Gerhard. I knew when he was born and where and who his mother was and that in 1941 he married Ruth. But after that – POOF!. I recently tried again to find something and low-and-behold, up pops his Petition for Naturalization. All info checks out as well as when he arrived, and on what airline and flight number AND that he had two living children and where they were living. I was able to track down the passenger manifest for that flight and got the names of his two children (my second cousins, still alive and well). With the help of (obituaries; engagement, wedding, birth announcements, scholastic achievements and professional notices) I was able to build out that whole branch of our tree through Gerhard’s great-grandchildren. Facebook helped as well. Thanks to land records (public information) for the county the family still lives in, I was able to obtain addresses for my second cousins and have written to them. Still waiting for a reply – but it was a research coup!

    • Cheri Hudson Passey
      Cheri Hudson Passey Post author

      Wow!! A coup indeed! Thanks so much for sharing! The link to your post will be added to the recap at the end of the month!

    • Cheri Hudson Passey
      Cheri Hudson Passey Post author

      It’s been a busy time for all of us! Thanks for lurking! Hope you find some interesting comments and links!

  • Fran

    Hi Cheri
    Found your post from the GeneaBloggersTribe FB post sharing. Gosh a place to share when we have positive research experiences. FAB. I love my excel spread sheet. Currently (actually infrequently at present) I am sourcing Electoral Rolls to see where my New Zealand ancestors have lived. Without the spreadsheet with the roll years and people names I would consistently be duplicating searches. Greyed out cell for people to young to be enrolled and ticking off those found, for example, avoids looking for something I already know. This has enabled me to find connections and people I had not discovered yet. Fran

    • Cheri Hudson Passey
      Cheri Hudson Passey Post author

      Fran, thanks for sharing what you are finding and how! Spreadsheets are such a useful tool! Good luck as you continue your search! Your comment will be added to the recap at the end of the month!

  • Diane Anderson

    Wow, you have had some wonderful successes recently! My favorite one I read was your dad finding the box with his grandmother’s Bible. If it had made it to the trash, it would have been a treasure lost forever. I am so glad he found it!
    My biggest successes recently is to find 3 new cousins. Two of them actually found me, and they have been so very, very helpful!
    I have been trying to educate myself recently on DNA testing. Blaine Bettinger’s book is one of the best!

    • Cheri Hudson Passey
      Cheri Hudson Passey Post author

      Three new cousins? That’s wonderful! DNA education is a must for us all and I agree with you about Blaine’s book! It is something everyone should have! Your comments will be added to the recap at the end of the month!
      Thanks for sharing!

  • Virginia Allain

    I combed page-by-page through the pre-statehood census in Kansas to find more likely Richards parents for my 2 x great-grandmother than the ones in Maryland who everyone had on their tree. Found her!
    Then in tracking that family back to Illinois, found that her real parents had died there, and the ones in KS were her aunt and uncle. They were abolitionists, so I’m excited to find they participated in the underground railroad there.
    Now, I have to contact all the other tree owners to show the new information.