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The October 1, 2009 posting was entitled “A ‘To-Do’ List for Genealogists”.
This posting will discuss:
#1. Go for the grandmothers
Why grandmothers? There is a tendency I have observed for many to think their research work is finished when their own surname has reached what looks like the end. Often, the spouse is ignored (but did she not help with the children for whom you are doing this work?) and those well beyond those grandmothers the researcher knew personally are ignored as well.
My experience has shown the most interesting findings and people were ancestors of the lady side of a marriage. And that includes each and every marriage. Let me give you an example. I have written a history of my own surname. In addition I have written 5 family history books, each one ending with one of my own surname grandfathers. By working on the wives of these grandfathers, here are the additional surnames who have helped to write significant chapters in my books:
Surname Surnames/Chapters No. of pages
Bourland 1   178
Cardwell 8 283
Bobbitt 5 189
Mason 25 971
Baker 1 325   (First book)
White 15 595
Total 55 2,541
To make this chart above perfectly clear, let me take the Bobbitt book and indicate that the 5 surnames which became chapters of their own include: Rash, Berry, Warren, Hackley and Bobbitt.
One of these days, I or a descendant or cousin will extend each of these efforts, but the numbers indicate where the history lies. I will not bore you with the exploits of each of these surnames, but trust me, the interesting ones were not named Bourland.

The October 1, 2009 posting was entitled “A ‘To-Do’ List for Genealogists”.

This posting will discuss:

#1. Go for the grandmothers

Why grandmothers? There is a tendency I have observed for many to think their research work is finished when their own surname has reached what looks like the end. Often, the spouse is ignored (but did she not help with the children for whom you are doing this work?) and those well beyond those grandmothers the researcher knew personally are ignored as well.

My experience has shown the most interesting findings and people were ancestors of the lady side of a marriage. And that includes each and every marriage. Let me give you an example. I have written a history of my own surname. In addition I have written 5 family history books, each one ending with one of my own surname grandfathers. By working on the wives of these grandfathers, here are the additional surnames who have helped to write significant chapters in my books:

Surname Surnames/Chapters No. of pages

  • Bourland— 1—   178
  • Cardwell— 8 —-283
  • Bobbitt —–5 —-189
  • Mason—- 25—–971
  • Baker ——-1—–325   (First book)
  • White—– 15—--595
  • Total——-55—–2,541

To make this chart above perfectly clear, let me take the Bobbitt book and indicate that the 5 surnames which became chapters of their own include: Rash, Berry, Warren, Hackley and Bobbitt.

One of these days, I or a descendant or cousin will extend each of these efforts, but the numbers indicate where the history lies. I will not bore you with the exploits of each of these surnames, but trust me, the interesting ones were not named Bourland.

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