Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Cousin Bait Progress -- Finding Auble Cousins

My strategy of finding as many descendants of my 64 4th great-grandparent couples is paying off.

The descendant study that I've had the most success with is my Auble line.  After finding the will of Elizabeth Auble (1814-1899) of Philadelphia (latest post is here with the list of all posts), I was able to add many relatives of her (and her brother David, my 2nd great-grandfather) to my tree by creating and using a specific Ancestry Member Tree for my Auble line.  On this tree, the Hints proliferated and I was able to add many persons from records on all of the Auble lines.

Several Auble cousins have found my 7-generation descendants report for "Descendants of Andreas Abel" on Scribd.  They contacted me by email, and we have been exchanging information.  I have been able to add new generations and corrected information to my Auble tree people.

As I find these descendants, I add them to my RootsMagic database, and then I add the deceased ones to the FamilySearch Family Tree.  I haven't received any messages yet from the latter, but I expect to in the coming years.  Here is part of the Auble descendants in my RootsMagic database:

I now have over 400 persons with the surname Auble in my RootsMagic database.  Just browsing through the two images above, I can see the families where I need to concentrate on adding more cousins.

I was curious as to how many descendants of Andreas Abel (1690-1751) were in the FamilySearch Family Tree.  Here is the Puzzilla descendants tree of Andreas Abel for 7 generations:

That's Andreas right in the middle of the chart.  His children are in the next ring from the middle, etc.  I found my mother in the outermost ring at about 1 o'clock on the chart - there are over 2,000 deceased persons on that 7th ring.  I have a lot of work to do!!

Why am I doing this, besides for the fun of it?  Two reasons, distant cousins may have information about my families in their photos, letters and papers; and distant cousins show up on my AncestryDNA and GEDMatch DNA matches.  It helps if I have their parents or grandparents in my database.


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