Genealogy: How to increase your success in finding the ancestor’s maiden name

How to increase your success in finding the ancestor’s maiden nameBy Barry J. Ewell

It’s not uncommon for immigrant ancestors to marry outside of their culture. In my case I have Great-Great Grandmother Dahle, a Norwegian, marrying into my Welsh Jones line. In these situations the key is being able to locate the maiden name of the female ancestor. In my own research I have found that female maiden names are not included in the records of our male ancestors. For example: Females were not allowed to vote until the twentieth century and seldom owned land. Even in church records, we often find the full name of the husband or father, but then only the first name is listed for the female. Continue reading

Family History: Do background research for the oral history

Family History: Do background research for the oral historyBy Barry J. Ewell

It is natural to want to rush out and start the interview process, but no project should begin without some basic investigation of available resources. I found that by gathering and organizing material, I was able to gain a very good insight into which direction I should go and what questions I needed to ask. As you prepare, you may need to review other Continue reading

Genealogy Immigration/Migration: Using obituaries in researching immigrant ancestors

Immigration/Migration: Using obituaries in researching immigrant ancestorsBy Barry J. Ewell

The following are records and resources that genealogists find extremely helpful and full of clues to find immigrant ancestors. The information is designed to provide a quick reference and direction of where to find and search for records as probable places to find information.

For many of our immigrant relatives, the obituary is the only biographical sketch ever written. Men and women both are likely to have obituaries written about them. Those who died young may be fully profiled in an obituary, especially if the death was the result of an Continue reading

Family History: Types of oral history interviews

Family History: Types of oral history interviewsBy Barry J. Ewell

There are four basic types of oral history interviews, which are outlined below.

Life histories. These are interviews with individuals about their backgrounds from childhood to adulthood. Most follow a chronology. Life histories provide an opportunity to discuss a variety of subjects based on the interviewer’s interests and the interviewee’s remembered experiences and perspectives. They are ideal for family research, as well as for certain aspects of community and social histories. Continue reading

Genealogy Immigration/Migration: Using cemeteries in researching immigrant ancestors

Using cemeteries in researching immigrant ancestorsBy Barry J. Ewell

The following are records and resources that genealogists find extremely helpful and full of clues to find immigrant ancestors. The information is designed to provide a quick reference and direction of where to find and search for records as probable places to find information.

Cemetery records have their own limitations as sources for immigration information. While it is not common for a foreign birth town to appear on a cemetery headstone, there are literally thousands of cases where such is the case. Such circumstances seem to be Continue reading

Genealogy Immigration/Migration: Using United States naturalization records in researching immigrant ancestors

Using United States naturalization records in researching immigrant ancestorstion, Migration-Ancestral Roots-Q-ZBy Barry J. Ewell

The following are records and resources that genealogists find extremely helpful and full of clues to find immigrant ancestors. The information is designed to provide a quick reference and direction of where to find and search for records as probable places to find information.

Naturalization records document that an individual was granted citizenship in the United States. Naturalization records are a way to locate arrival information for immigrant ancestors. Those issued after 1906 will have other significant genealogical information. Continue reading