Saturday, April 22, 2023

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Share A Common Document That Provided New Information

  Calling all Genea-Musings Fans:

It's Saturday Night again -
time for some more Genealogy Fun!!

Here is your assignment, should you decide to accept it (you ARE reading this, so I assume that you really want to play along - cue the Mission Impossible music!):

1)  Have you found a common document or record (e.g., vital record, military record, probate record, etc.) that provided new and/or unique information to one or more of your ancestors?  How did it affect your research?  Please share your find.

2)  Write your own blog post, or leave a comment on this post, or write something on Facebook.

Thank you to Linda Stufflebean for suggesting this topic.

Here's mine:

My favorite record type is still probate records, so I will share one that changed the trajectory of my genealogy research.

My best research achievement in 2016 was finding many of the extended family members of Elizabeth Auble (1814-1899) after receiving her will in an Ancestry Hint.  She was a spinster, had no spouses or children, but was the sister of my 2nd great-grandfather, David Auble.  Through research about the relatives mentioned in this will I added four more Auble siblings to my database, and identified many Auble line relatives.  I wrote about this in a series of blog posts:

*  Making Progress on My Auble Cousins - Post 1: Finding Elizabeth's Will (25 April 2016).
*  Making Progress on My Auble Cousins - Post 2: Transcription of Elizabeth Auble's Will (28 April 2016)

*  Making Progress on My Auble Cousins - Post 3: Identifying Elizabeth Auble's Heirs (29 April 2016)

*  Making Progress on My Auble Cousins -- Post 4: The William Auble Challenges (3 May 2016)
*  Making Progress on My Auble Cousins -- Post 5: The Sophia Auble Challenges Part 1 (5 May 2016)

*  Making Progress on My Auble Cousins -- Post 6: Solving the William Auble Challenge (6 May 2016)
*  Making Progress on My Auble Cousins - Post 7: Sophia Auble's Descendants (10 May 2016)
*  Making Progress on My Auble Cousins - Post 8: Nathan Auble's Descendants (17 May 2016)
*  Making Progress on My Auble Cousins - Post 9: Was Sarah Auble Elizabeth's Sister? (24 May 2016)

*  Making Progress on My Auble Cousins - Post 10: The Strubles (10 June 2016).

As a result of this research find, I decided to pursue descendancy research to find cousins of mine descended from all of my 4th great-grandparents in order to enrich my family tree and to help identify common ancestors of my autosomal DNA matches.  It's been a long journey, but fun and enlightening, and I am still not done.  For the Auble family, I have most of the descendants of John and Sophia (Trimmer) Auble born before 1950, but a family tree is never done.  


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Diane Gould Hall said...

I think this has been my biggest find so far Randy. I’d been searching for a long time because I knew if I found evidence of my 3rd great grandmother’s father, then I would probably be able to join the Mayflower Society. This was the post I wrote when I finally found that evidence. And YES, I am now a proud member of the Mayflower Society

Lisa S. Gorrell said...

Here is my story of looking at neighbors more closely and finding kin.

Linda Stufflebean said...

Here are my two. I couldn't choose just one!

ByAPearl said...

I am tardy for the party. Better late than never!