Sunday, April 10, 2016

Some People are Overwhelmed by Genealogy

The sheer daunting task of trying to locate your family over a period of several hundred years seems strangely impossible.  You are staring at your Grandparent's names and not sure what to do next.  Sometimes asking yourself questions or having a spreadsheet will help you uncover data or help you make sense of the work.

You sometimes feel like a Detective working on a big puzzle  Here are a list of questions you might ask

Do you have any family stories about your Grandparents that you can remember?
Do you know where they lived in the United states?
Have you tried locating them on the census?
If they came to that location, was it because that location was common for their Occupation?
Like - West Virginia was huge for Coal Miners.  If they were Coal miners, their life expectancy was only about 40-50 years old.  In 1907, 90% of the fatalities was due to the dangers of Coal Mining.  It was our biggest asset for fuel and the technology was racing ahead of the factors and proper measures needed for safety.  So try the following since it will be a long while until we can access the 1950 census.

If you don't know exactly when they died...

Have you tried searching for Obituaries?
Have you tried google?
Have you tried old directory listings (which used to name both the husband and wife and occupations) (found on

Have you checked the cemeteries of the town of their last location on the 1940 census?
Have you tried

Here are some links you can try: A Grave by Name

Probably one of the most fun places to check is

This site will let you log in with a free access (using your free login and password)
It will tell you who you are related to - like - Presidents, World Leaders, Constitution Signers, Government Officials, Actors, Actresses, Prophets, members of various handcart companies, etc.,

I hope this helps you.  If you have any questions, write to

Karen S Meyer and Ted Meyer

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