Saturday, June 1, 2024

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Your Most Frustrating Research Challenge

  Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 

 It's Saturday Night Again - 

Time For Some More Genealogy Fun!!

Come on, everybody, join in and accept the mission and execute it with precision. 

1)  One of the goals of every genealogy researcher is to solve difficult name and relationship problems.  What is one of your most frustrating research challenge that you have not yet solved? 

2)  Share your challenging problem on your own blog or in a Facebook post.  Please share a link in Comments on this post if you write your own post.

Here's mine:

My most frustrating and challenging research problem at this time is the parents of Sarah Fletcher (1802-c1848), the wife of Abraham James Kemp (1795-1881) of Ontario, Canada. They are my 3rd great-grandparents. The only record I have with her name and birth date, and her marriage date with Abraham, is a family Bible record from a grandson of Abraham and Sarah.

The source citation in my RootsMagic file is:

Unknown author, John Evans Kemp (1883-1956) Family Bible transcript (Transcript at Huntington Beach CA Public Library), Sarah Kemp birth entry.

Here is my note about the source:

A Kemp family Bible was in the possession of a descendant of Abram Kemp (1795- after 1881) of Norfolk County, Ontario. A transcript of the Bible entry was typed at some unknown time by an unknown person and a copy of the transcript was donated to the Orange County (CA) Genealogical Society and placed in the Huntington Beach (CA) Public Library in Orange County, California at an unknown time, where I found it in the stacks in the early 1990s.  I looked again for it about 10 years ago and could not find it."

The second page of the typed Bible record includes these notes:

Abraham Kemp was married to Sarah Fletcher on 16th April 1818.


Ab'm Kemp 4 Nov 1795 (4 Dec 1795)
Sarah Kemp 7 July 1802 (about 1807)”

That’s all I have. I have searched for 36 years for Fletcher families in Ontario and Quebec without success. I searched for Fletcher families in the early 1800s in Prince Edward County and Lennox and Addington County in Ontario in that time frame with no results. Here is my 52 Ancestors post about her:

I have many DNA matches with Abraham and Sarah as the common ancestors, and I have searched the Shared Matches for those people to see if I can find Mystery Matches using Diahan Southard’s methods, but since Sarah’s parents would be my 4th great-grandparents, the matches from her parents would be my 5th cousins or more. It’s not impossible, but it is difficult.

So Sarah Fletcher remains a brick wall ancestor! 


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ByAPearl said...

Here's mine

Lisa S. Gorrell said...

Here's mine:

Janice M. Sellers said...

I feel like I'm stuck on a treadmill.

Linda Stufflebean said...

Mine has been frustrating for decades: