What to do when it's impossible to find some info?

+8 votes
One example:  My mother was the youngest in a very large family.  There were some siblings who died in infancy.  It's virtually impossible for me to find birth/death dates, and when I started filling out my Tree here I found names can't even be included without this info.

any advice?

I wouldn't want to leave people out of the tree simply because I don't have this info-  it'd be like they never existed.
in Policy and Style by C. A. Sheckels G2G1 (1.5k points)

1 Answer

+7 votes
Well,1.   do you have an genealogy program on your computer?  You may want to put these people there until you find some information.  2. post questions here on g2g to try to find some sort of sources.  3. Use an reasonable guess as to the birth date and location.  If you have some sort of birth order  you can make guesses.  young mothers used to have a child about every two years older ones every 3 years. Younger fathers tend to be about 4 years older than their wives.  I sometimes guess 25 years for a generation.  None of these are exact but at least they're a starting point.  Be sure to state somewhere on the profile when you make such a guess others know what you've done, and especially so that you'll know in the future.
by Dave Dardinger G2G6 Pilot (408k points)

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