Re: Strategies For Researching Non-Direct Ancestry U.S. Relatives Who We Lost Touch With #records


Sally Bruckheimer
 

"what are the best strategies for researching all the cousins and relatives who also came over but where I don't know names for sure or who their children are."

You do this the same way you find your ancestors. You find documents for people with the hopefully not too common surname. With a common surname, like my Löwenstein ggrandmother, you keep track of the people with the same name - like another of the same surname living next door on a census. When you find where your ancestors came from, hopefully you will find brothers and sisters names which will match. Just keep working.

It took me 35 years to find the right little town in Nassau where my ggrandmother was born, but when I found it, I found she was one of 20 children of the correct parents who had moved from another little town. That town has a book of history, including records of the Jewish families that lived there: there were 3 families that were related before surnames existed. I have about a million cousins now, descendants of the 3 related families.

Sally Bruckheimer
Princeton, NJ

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