He was an orphan, any help in tracking family?

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WikiTree profile: Thomas McDaniel
in Genealogy Help by Amy York G2G Rookie (130 points)
It would be good to add the sources you have to the profile.  The more information you can give people, the more they can help.

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Hi Amy! I see you have done some DNA.  That will help, but maybe only after you rule out all the distant cousins with shared matches that you can account for.

Can you find a male-line descendant to test Y-DNA?


by Shirlea Smith G2G6 Pilot (181k points)
It might also help to find out all you can about what was going on in the community.  Was there an outbreak of an epidemic, in which his parents might have died?  What religious group did his adopting parents belong to?  There wasn't Social Services back then, so his adopting parents had to find out about him through their social circles.  Did his adopting parents have other children, leading one to think that they felt extra compassion for him?  Or were they childless, leading one to think that perhaps they were looking for a child to adopt?  I'd say try to get as much info about the context as possible  -- you never know when the clue will turn up or the penny will drop!

The Adoption Angels have techniques that can help you, also.
check the 1860 census for any Thomas McD born 1849-1851 before census takers weren't accurate.

Then check for other later records - marriage, death, etc for them. The ones you can't follow are possibles, then like Miss Shirley said, look at the neighbors for the possibles if the adoptive family is close by
There is 1860 census Martha T. McDaniel, age 11, in Wilson County Tenn, living with the family of Robert Coles. Likely his sister ?

Martha in 1850 census

Martha T McDaniel

 in the 1850 United States Federal Census

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    Name: Martha T McDaniel
    Gender: Female
    Age: 0
    Birth Year: abt 1850
    Birthplace: Tennessee
    Home in 1850: District 3, Henderson, Tennessee, USA
    Line Number: 39
    Dwelling Number: 71
    Family Number: 71
    Household Members:
    Name Age
    Amos McDaniel 23
    Mary McDaniel 21
    Martha T McDaniel 0
    Miles Linton 24

    Source Citation

    Year: 1850; Census Place: District 3, Henderson, Tennessee; Roll: 883; Page: 131A

    wrong trail with Martha

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