Genealogy tip: Do you have an elusive ancestor that may have been mentioned once or twice in a census and then disappears? This can be frustrating, especially when it’s your direct line. Here are some tips to try to find your ancestor again.
- Create a timeline for the ancestor based on the facts you know.
- Research the census of brothers, sisters and other close relatives. Frequently, an unmarried (or even married) brother or sister may show up in a relative’s house.
- Follow the lines of friends and neighbors where your ancestor was last found in the census. Sometimes friends migrated together to other states.
- Check to see if your ancestor’s name shows up as a witness for wills, baptisms or marriages.
- Check state maps to see if county lines changed. Your ancestor may not have moved, but the county or even state line may have moved.
Good luck in your research!
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