Have you found yourself with a thorny genealogical research problem?
Often working up a detailed timeline on your relative’s life will help you not only to see contradictions, but also to identify gaps in your research, a census you haven’t looked at, for instance. These gaps may lead you to think of new records you might search.
You can use simply a sheet of paper to write out a chronoloogical list of all known events in the individual’s life, including the dates and places. Add the names and any relevant brief details about other people who were involved in each event with your relative, for example, the age of the mother at the birth of any children, or the occupation of a father.
2014 will mark the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I and already a number of research and display projects are underway.
Take the time now to review the World War I participants in your family tree and to enhance your research or understanding of their roles whether at home or in service.
Consider submitting an article to a genealogical or historical journal or a photograph to a website. If you have Canadian relatives who died in service during World War I, check to see if you have digital photographs or other memorabilia to add to the Canadian Virtual War Memorial, sponsored by Veterans Affairs Canada.
If you have information or photographs about people who don’t (yet?) seem to fit into your family tree, share this with others by posting in your genealogical society’s on-line or published queries, on Rootsweb or other bulletin boards, or on specialized websites, like ‘Dead Fred’ for photographs.
Mr. and Mrs. John Cassidy; photograph taken at Brantford, Ontario, Canada.
You will likely make another genealogist very happy and you may in turn receive that ‘lost link’ that will let you place the stray in relation to your own family or your family’s stories.
And an extra tip – to add a query to this BCGS website or to a BCGS publication, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
For deaths from 1858 to most current date available, check for your ancestor’s name in the National Probate Index (formally known as the the Calendar of Grants of Probate Letters of Administration). Most listings state the date the deceased passed away, their place of residence at the time of their death, the size of their estate, and often the names of the individuals who served as executors to the estate, which can include wives, sons and daughters.
The Index is available through Ancestry Library Edition, available at many libraries, including the BCGS Walter Draycott Library.
BCGS wishes all its readers and visitors a very Happy New Year for 2013.
Beginning in January 2013, the BCGS website will feature BCGS members’ research tips each month; some months there might be bonus tips. These may include general research advice, or a favourite research source.
For January 2013, the tip is:
“Join a local genealogy society – learn from experienced researchers & share your successes!”
This is true wherever you are. And most genealogical societies and groups, like the BC Genealogical Society, are happy to welcome you to a meeting or two for free so that you can see and experience the activities, resources and opportunities they offer their members.