Helping Others Find their Family

This weekend I was researching Draft Registration card records and I decided to ask friends on my Facebook page for family (other than my own) that I could research. Well, needless to say, I did not have any success with the Draft Cards, but I did have success with other information.

I asked friends to provide a male individual’s name who was born in the late 1800’s – early 1900’s and to provide their State of Residence and city (if possible). I had four individuals reply and had a blast researching!

What did I find out?


Two of the individuals I researched were immigrants. One from Germany and one from England. The one from England was only 2 years old when his family immigrated to the US. The individual I helped with this family member knew his grandfather was born in England, but didn’t realize he was that young at the time they came here. The family member born in Germany was an interesting find as well. He was born in Germany in 1822. Once I researched Nicholas a little further I ran into a 1900 Census listing him with his daughter’s family. I was astonished to find that the census had his date of immigration (1848) listed as well. I also found Nicholas on the Find A Grave website with his birth city – wonderful information for the family. They can now take this information (date of immigration, birthdate, family member names, and city of birth) and research Ship records to find which ship their family member came to the US on. Wow!

Another friend of mine requested information on one of his grandfather’s as well. He provided his name, birthdate, and city of residence. This happened to be West Virginia (where the majority of my family research takes place) and I was up for the challenge! My first stop online was my favorite place to search Vital Records for West Virginia (read my blog post here). Although I didn’t find his Draft Registration Card, I did find a birth record and marriage certificate for his grandparents! Wow! That was a blast researching as well. I learned a few bits of his family history as well – he left to go to Alaska in search of gold! Ahh, history is fascinating!

Sometimes it is more fun to go out of your own tree and help someone else “Shake their Tree” a little!

How have you helped others research their family? Did you find any interesting information?

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