Showing posts with label message boards. Show all posts
Showing posts with label message boards. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Tech Tuesday - Oops It Happened Again!

Yesterday it happened again. I received an e-mail from someone who may be a distant relative. Yesterday I also received a snail mail from another distant cousin. Both of these connections are probably connected through the my great grandmother Mary Hennessy Fleming.

It has happened before! Both e-mail and message boards have very rewarding experiences for me. Through message boards (both surname and locality), I have made contacts in Germany, Norway, Ireland, and various areas of the United States with previously unknown people in my various lines. When I help people who want to begin their genealogy research, I always suggest that they use message boards in addition to the familiar search engines of fsamilysearch.org and ancestry.com.

Another way that technology has helped expand my research is the use of online trees at both ancestry.com and myheritage.com. Both vehicles have yielded positive contacts that I might never have made in any other way.

I think it is awesome that people can use the computers at their local library for free to create and research their family history. The tree can be created at ancestry.com, myheritage.com or familysearch.org. It is created online and stays there. It will be private unless the owner chooses otherwise and will be available on any computer with an internet connection.

Wow! What a time to be exploring your ancestry. What does the future hold in unlocking the secrets of the past?

Thursday, March 18, 2010

He OnlyThought He Knew Who He Was

Recently a 50s something was approached and told that the people who raised him were not his parents. A woman contacted him and said "I am your mother and I gave you to them at birth". She had been young and unmarried, sent away from her family, and staying with relatives. When the baby was born, he was given to an aunt and uncle to raise.
With only a name and location to begin with, the search was begun to find out who he was. Fortunately the first name of his father was rather unique since the last name was very common. Using the message boards we found an obituary that mentioned him and his wife. Unfortunately they were both deceased. Their deaths were confirmed by the SSDI. Knowing where they died, we tried "ask a librarian" to look for an obituary. No obituary surfaced. Were there any children of this couple?
Back to the obituary which listed parents, step-siblings, nieces, and nephews of our person. Using whitepages.com we found addresses and phone numbers for a step-brother and an uncle of the person we were looking for. A response to a message board query associated our man's name with a probate issue. This discovery yielded a half brother and nephew. Phone calls were made, confirmations were made and a family was found!