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?
Last night I decided to journey across the ocean to see if I can figure out my German “Hager” ancestry. Needless to say, I didn’t get very far, but I did find this interesting website. It displays the surname “Hager” on a map! Looks like they are still clustered together in a central area in Germany! Pretty fascinating stuff!
I came across this website with links that allow you to map your Surname within any country. Since one branch of my family originated from Germany, I thought this would be both fun and interesting! How I stumbled upon this website is a mystery to me, but it did prove itself to be entertaining.
I love old family photographs. I love peering into the lives of my ancestors from years ago. I love looking into their eyes, viewing their faces, and gazing at their clothes, surroundings, and expressions. I absolutely love it! There is nothing more rewarding to me than finding a picture and presenting it to my family. Pictures are wordless, but somehow, they speak volumes!
A question I am frequently asked is how and where I find the photographs online that I present to my family. There is not a simple “go here” answer. There is a lot of investigation, digging, and cross referencing involved. It takes time, patience, and perseverance. In the end, though, it is worth it!
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.
Many individuals who do family genealogy know that connecting with family is important. However, some are reluctant to do this. From my own experience I can tell you that I have had the most amazing experiences connecting with family members online. Yes, I have had many emails go without responses, messages apparently ignored, incorrect email addresses returned, and replies similar to “I’m not related” to your family. I’ve had message board inquiries sit for months and years with no response. However, mixed in with those experiences, I have had replies that changed my life!