Satisfying Tree Additions

+7 votes
Hello lovelies!

Today I had the pleasure of meeting with my great-aunt to get access to records for a side of the family I had been stuck on. This lead me from my 2x great-grandparents (which we all know displays as a gaping hole in the family tree!) and beyond, and it was so immensely satisfying to go into my tree after adding them and seeing the slots nicely filled up.

What was a moment that was satisfying to you in terms of family research? Was it solving a family mystery? Making a close addition (like me)? Or something different?
in The Tree House by Amelia Utting G2G6 Pilot (213k points)
retagged by Abby Glann

1 Answer

+3 votes
For me it was finding a probate notice listing my great grandmother. By researching the approximately 40 names listed I was able to figure out that heirs to her childless uncle were his nieces, nephews, and their children. From this I was able to build the tree for both of her parents, both back to the mid 1600s in Connecticut (via WikiTree connections).

It was also this research that led me to find WikiTree.
by Kay Knight G2G6 Pilot (624k points)
Recently I found the grave of my third great grandfather. He was born in New York, grew up in Michigan, and fought in the Civil War. After the war he raised his family in Michigan, and then for some reason moved to North Dakota and either his wife stayed behind or moved back to Michigan to live with her daughter. They both claimed the other was dead on the 1900 Census, so I think maybe he ran out on his wife.

Regardless, it was rather surprising to find him buried in North Dakota as my family has no other connections to that state that i am currently aware of.

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