Genealogy census tip: Search all of your ancestor’s siblings

Aug-26-By Barry J. Ewell

Make it a goal to find all of your ancestors’ family (parents and siblings and their families) in every census taken their during lifetime. In my own genealogy research, I have found it to be critical to find and search for every member of my ancestor’s family.  I will start with the earliest censuses when I see the family unit in the census and then move forward.  I research not only my ancestor in the family unit but each of the parents and siblings.  As the siblings leave home and start their families, I will follow and record their lives as they appear in each census.  This type of research is often referred to as a researching your collateral lines.  I will conduct this type of research for each generation. I will at least research one generation forward and one generation back for each family unit.

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