Family History Research

Wisdom Wednesday – Check the siblings

on August 17, 2010

Working on some research I was reminded that we should always check the siblings of our main lines when researching. Not to only focus on our main line because we can get stuck and have no other options to move the research along.

By tracking the siblings of our main line folks, we can see where the families moved when they grew up and married. We can follow a widowed parent at times, moving with one of the children. Knowing where each child was, at least for every Census year, we can sometimes narrow down where someone might have been born, married or died.

Don’t neglect the lines of the siblings. You never know what treasures you will discover.

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3 responses to “Wisdom Wednesday – Check the siblings

  1. Absolutely. They are also the aunts and uncles who oft times look after their nieces and nephews under a variety of conditions. Critical part of any family history research. I totally agree! ;-)

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  3. Judy Webster says:

    Yes indeed! Many researchers who have been unable to go back a generation in the UK have got around that brick wall by researching a sibling who came to Australia – because many of our death certificates give (amongst other wonderful things) the father’s name and occupation and mother’s maiden name.

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