There are times in my genealogy research that it is helpful to go “sideways.” What does that mean? Simply put, I will look at brothers and sisters of the family member I am researching. I have found valuable information doing this!
For example, my paternal great great grandfather (Clayborne Hager) has many different spellings listed for his first name. In the beginning of my researching I just assumed that the spelling I was told was the correct spelling. However, in researching my paternal great grandfather’s brothers and sisters I realized their family has many different spellings for Clayborne. Once I searched archives and online utilizing the different spellings I came upon an enormous amount of information.