Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music, please!):
1) You're going on a scavenger hunt - for records of one of your relatives. You can pick a relative who lived in the 1800 to 2000 time period. A brother of one of your ancestors might be best (since males don't change their name). Or the husband of a sister of your ancestor. Tell us the name of your chosen relative.
2) Go to FamilySearch and search for records for that relative. Start on the Search page - https://www.familysearch.org/search. Search any way you want.
3) Tell us what you found in the FamilySearch record collections. Did you find something new about that relative?
4) Write your own blog post, comment on this post, or write something on Facebook or Google Plus.
1) I chose Charles Edwin Richmond (1866-1951), born in Connecticut, and brother to my great-grandfather Thomas Richmond, both sons of James Richman and Hannah Rich. He married Lavinia Guerten in 1896.
2) I entered his name, birth year and death year into FamilySearch, using these terms:
* Exact search on first name, last name, exact search on birth state, and plus/minus two years on birth year,
* Exact search on first name, last name, and plus/minus 2 years on death year,
* Wild card search on first name and last name, and plus/minus two years on birth year
3) The results:
* 1900 U.S. Census record, Charles Richmond in Hartford, Connecticut
* 1930 U.S. Census record, Charles E. Richmond in Manchester, Connecticut
* 1920 U.S. Census record, Charles E. Richmond in Manchester, Connecticut
* 1880 U.S. Census record, Charles Richmond in Putnam, Connecticut
* 1870 U.S. Census record, Charles Richmond in Putnam, Connecticut
* 1910 U.S. Census record, Charles E. Richmond in Manchester, Connecticut
* Connecticut Death Index, 1949-2001: Charles E. Richmond
I expected to find a 1940 U.S. Census record, but I didn't with Richmond or a name variant. I finally found him, by using a last name of "rich*", as a father-in-law enumerated as Charles "Richman" in Manchester, Conn.
I found no new dates or places for Charles Edwin Richmond, but I found eight records for which I did not have a source, and I also found families for several of his children. I can extend my family tree database a bit with the children, and add sources to my database for the records.
4) I just did!
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