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MONDAY MUSINGS: Have you heard the three brother’s story while doing research on your family?

Have you heard this story in your family history?

There were three brothers who came to America. One went north, one went south and the third went west.

Lazy genealogists

The three brothers story is a very common one and oftentimes, this is an excuse for lazy genealogists who cannot explain why the same surname exists in different places. Many times, the families were not related at all.

It is a red flag

This story is now so common that if you hear it……consider it a red flag that other data may be false or not well-researched.

Good genealogy research takes time. There is just no way around it. I wish it was possible that with a few clicks on your computer keyboard, you could find your family ancestry but that is not the case.

Document your research with data

Granted, research by others is always helpful and saves you considerable time but always remember to follow up and document with actual supporting records. It need not be expensive. Sometimes this hard data can be obtained for free online and many courthouses, archives, and libraries provide copies of documents for a small fee.

WHERE DO I START? Hints and Tips for Beginning Genealogists with On-line resources Save time and avoid pitfalls in your research. Where Do I Start? is filled with simple, no-nonsense instructions to set you on the path of your families’ ancestry with the following information:

    • WHERE TO FIND – on-line resources, experienced genealogists will not be aware of many of these.
    • COURT RESEARCH – how to do courthouse research, where to find birth, death, social security records free on-line.
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About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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