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I have death certificates for several ancestors in Texas. I have several from Florida and Pennsylvania. Where do some of the tree makers on Ancestry get their family information? It seems some grab at twigs and branches just to try to make a tree!!!

It gets very frustrating when a leaf appears, and I look at the clue and there is no way this is the same person. Keep in mind, many names were similar. Family names were inherited through male and female. But, you need to look at ages, locations, siblings etc.

I try to compare at least three census records before I attach it. Then, I may also review the entire census in a community to verify other members of the same last name living there. Census records were not used in the same way they are today. Getting a name spelled correctly, well, it was phonetic. And you were lucky if the person had good handwriting at all.

When doing your research


1. Compare census records, from previous years

2. Look at family members in all the census records, siblings, initials, dates of birth ages, on the record itself

3. Look at the marriage status of individuals, M/WD/ S…and many times the persons who married lived near each other, check an earlier census

4. Follow locations…people did move, but, usually was from one state to another or around a county, they kept it local, no cars in the 1800’s. They travelled slowly.

5. Look at family members in the community

6. Use death records and family info to verify

7. Use cemetery details for facts on dates and family members buried locally

8. Use surname message boards and state/county sites as well.


1. Attach a record because the name is the same

2. Record without verification/ cross referencing facts

3. Assume there was only one marriage

4. Get lost in the trees that are posted

5. Copy a tree

For those of us who create a family tree, it is vital information is not taken without communication. It takes years to gather all we have. While we do not mind sharing, it is more fun to connect with the person. Who know, you may find long-lost cousins as I have. If you are an Ancestry.com member, you can easily email for facts, photos or hints.

I have had several mysteries in my family with misspellings of names. Manny, Mamie and Mollie….my hunch of Mamie was correct. I found the obit.

Lumy, Lumley, Lummie and Lumnia….follow the records, Lumley was right.  I have the death record.

Good luck in your search, and I wish you all the answers.




Here is my list of people I will search in the 1940 census. Below are actual images that would have been around 1940 of the people for whom I will be searching.

Albert Ross Ewing and Ethel Letisia Ewing, my grandmother and mom may be living with them in Pennsylvania,  Venango county.


Great grandmother Alice Pickens, curious to see if Aunt Ruth and Uncle Jimmy are living with her in Tampa, Florida

My dad and his parents and sister Ann in Tampa Florida.


My Aunt Edith would be about 15 then, with her mom Edith Duskin McCall and father Clifford R McCall in Plant City, Florida.

Finally, any remaining relatives in Irwin and Dougherty counties Georgia or maybe some in North Texas and south Oklahoma.

Good luck in your searches!!! Let me know who you find.

1940 CENSUS / Who Will You Search First?

Census records capture a day in the lives of your family every 10 years. And the U.S. government releases the census to the public exactly 72 years after it was taken. That means today, the most recent census record you can peruse is from 1930 – quickly approaching its 82nd birthday. But that will change this April when the 1940 census reaches the magic age of 72 years, too.


In 1790, the population in the first census taken in the United States, was 3,929,214. It was 123,202,624 in the 1930 census.

Most of the family I had been searching, and had no info on, were dead by the time the 1940 census would have been taken. Although, it wlil be interesting to find where some relatives lived at the time.

My most interesting census find…..neighbors in Irwin County Georgia, Homer Bankston and Josie Jeffers married. This was my great grandmother’s sister. They all lived in the same neighborhood it seems.

Homer and Josie Jeffers Bankston

Missing Link in Georgia

I am lost in the 90’s from the 1890 census. Looking for some ancestors from Georgia. One was Joseph McCall ‘s family. He was killed at he battle of Chickamauga. So, his family is my missing link. His son, John R. McCall, is missing in the 1890 census with his family. This may solve a mystery I have with his wife. Manny or Mamie is his wif’e’s name. I am going with Mamie, since that is my grandmother’s name.

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