52 Ancestors Week 30: Easy

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52 Ancestors and 52 Photos sharing challenge badgesTime for the next 52 Ancestors challenge!

Please share with us a profile of an ancestor or relative who matches this week's theme:


From Amy Johnson Crow:

Not all ancestors are tough to research. This week, who has been easier to research than others?

Share below!

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in The Tree House by Eowyn Langholf G2G Astronaut (1.4m points)
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The easiest ones are the most recent and the most distant:  the most recent because I knew them, and there are lots of available records; and the most distant because, if I know of them at all, it's because someone else has already done the work!
by Julie Kelts G2G6 Mach 5 (55.5k points)
selected by Mary Alvarado
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Hehe, that’s soooo easy - my immediate family, cos I have seen all their records!
by Marion Poole G2G6 Pilot (537k points)
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My niece Sandra was 6in 2006 and  16 in 2016.
by David Hughey G2G6 Pilot (562k points)
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I was very fortunate that it was very easy for me to join DAR. Both of my great aunts had belonged under Captain Andrew Sharp. My 4th cousin, Lynn Bensy, was like me, as her grandmother had also joined under him. I have tried to add another Revolutionary War Ancestor, and it has certainly not been easy.

by Alexis Nelson G2G6 Mach 8 (81.3k points)
I have a couple other possibilities, but I am too lazy to do the work, LOL
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It wasn't easy to discover that my maternal grandmother's cousin Emma Pickup suffered with Alzheimer's during her later years.

by David Urquhart G2G6 Mach 5 (50.8k points)
What a lovely lady, David.
What a lovely photo.
Thanks everyone. I think so too.
She's more than beautiful,  sort of draws you in with her smile.
Drop dead georgious.
Has a lovely sense of innocence about her.
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It was easy to find information on my husband's ancestors back to his paternal second great-grandfather because they all lived in our hometown.
by Cheryl Hess G2G6 Pilot (808k points)
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In the beginning of my genealogical journey the easiest part was the one of my paternal grandfather jumping up his ancestors to one who was born in 1693, because he had collected the records. Later I found my beloved website with the transcribed record of my German grandmaternal greatgreatgrandmother and starting there I found literally thousands of people who are related to me. Since then that part is really the easiest for me to work on. 

by Jelena Eckstädt G2G6 Pilot (239k points)
edited by Jelena Eckstädt
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Easy would be most of my great-grandfather Charles Broadway's (Broadway-65) children as they were born in an area where all but the first 2 actually had birth records at the time of their births, not true for most of my other lines in the early 1900's
by Brandi Morgan G2G6 Mach 1 (13.4k points)
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Easy peasy: I grew up in an area where my maternal ancestors settled during the colonial period. And... I lived just across the pasture from my maternal grandparents who shared stories, visited with distant cousins, and walked cemeteries with me. I had a great start on that side of the family.
by Pip Sheppard G2G Astronaut (1.5m points)
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Members of my family have shown a long-time interest in where they came from and who their family were, so all I had to do was ask, and they knew the names and usual home town of each of my great Grandparents and could name most great great grandparents. That was so easy, until I wanted to know for each one: name, birth date and place, marriage date and place, death date and place, occupation, and siblings. Filling in those basics was the kind of challenge that kept me busy for years, becuase once I knew that much there were always more people and th list of questions grew.
by Judith Chidlow G2G6 Mach 3 (30.2k points)
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It was easy to find that my 3x great grandmother's name was Amanda White.  The 1860 census showed her as her husband Riley's sister.  Finding clues to learn her maiden name was not easy.  Amanda Oakley  Once that was learned, the wall fell and I added 8 generations and many new family lines to my tree.  

by Caryl Ruckert G2G6 Pilot (139k points)
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Finding records for my ancestors who live or lived in Massachusetts has been relatively easy since the Commonwealth provides good records.  Most useful has been the marriage certificates with parents names listed.
by Sally Mahoney G2G6 Mach 2 (20.8k points)
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Man, there's been a few where the records really just fall in your lap.  Really anyone born after 1880 in America has been fairly easy to track/find.  Just picking one, I'd say George Arthur McDaniel (https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/McDaniel-4983).  I had a good amount of information on him already, with his move from Indiana to Michigan.. but the records were pretty easy to locate.
by Eric McDaniel G2G6 Mach 3 (31.3k points)
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My great fortune in genealogy was a) being born into family who liked genealogy; b) being born into my mom's family, which has mostly been in one town for 7 to 9 generations, and c) being in a town with well preserved vital records.   When my mother got us into DAR, the local DAR registrar from Bennington VT came over to the Pownal town clerk's office and got everything she needed in much less than an hour.  She was a veteran genealogist, and told my mother it was the easiest proof she ever did.   My mother was the youngest child of a youngest child,of a next to youngest child and that made for very long generations.  We entered on Benjamin Morgan, [Morgan-2051]  one of the Green Mountain Boys, who was my mother's Great Great Grandfather.  --- five generations to the Revolution for her, six for me.  You will meet people my age who are 8 to 10 generations to the Revolution.  Fewer generations make it easier!  And knowing a lot of this when I was a teenager made my entry into genealogy a lot easier too.
by Carolyn Adams G2G6 Mach 1 (15.8k points)
edited by Carolyn Adams
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My husband's side is so easy all I have to do is link who is related to who. The person who wrote google your family tree was apparently talking about my husbands family. Go ahead and laugh because I'm pretty sure it's true.
by Christine Preston G2G6 Mach 1 (19.1k points)
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Connecting Abraham DeGroff (1761 - 1827) to a whole gob of ancestors was easy thanks to the 25+ years of genealogical research done by my 2nd cousin Barbara.  She recently sent me "my" family tree (on my paternal side) - that is just loaded with sources, sources, and more sources.  I was able to connect Abraham to other family members during the connect-a-thon and was able to create sourced profiles for other lateral relatives.

by SJ Baty G2G6 Pilot (615k points)
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It wasn't as easy as I expected to come up with an answer to this week's theme.

I have decided to choose my great grandmother Emma Louise Cushion. Emma was born in Mile End, London in 1878 and although her parents were born in London, their ancestors had originally migrated to London from Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cornwall.

How does Emma relate to "Easy" I hear you ask?

When I first started my family tree in 2017 I began using FamilySearch and Emma was one of the first people already existing in the FamilySearch tree that I could connect to and I realised how easy it could be to improve and extend the tree by linking source records and using sources with multiple people to add people to the tree. Emma was also the first person in FamilySearch where I made contact with another FamilySearch user and realised how much better and easier family research is when you can collaborate with other genealogists.

by Ray Hawkes G2G6 Mach 2 (23.3k points)
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Easy was a little hard. I couldn't decide on one ancestor. So, I explained why it was easy for me: https://allroadhaverhill.blogspot.com/2019/07/52-ancestors-week-30-easy.html

by Chris Ferraiolo G2G6 Pilot (250k points)
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My Dad's Slape family is easy because of the uncommon surname. (His mother, on the other hand, was a Moore.)

For my Mother, there was already research on her father's Newcomer line (though it took me a couple of years to document it all for DAR). On her mother's side, my grandmother made sure I knew the basics about her own grandparents and even a couple of her great-grandparents
by Thena Jones G2G5 (5.4k points)
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When I first saw the subject for this week's challenge, I thought "Easy"! That's hard!  But as I thought about it I realized what has been easy for me in genealogy -- and what actually got my started -- was my father's family (Dodge).

Two things made it easy.  First, my grandmother and aunt had been very interested in the family and had already put together a large amount of information from which I was able to start from and then add to.  Secondly, the Dodge family in America has been very well-documented by many other distant cousins.  So I had a tree trunk to start from which already had many branches.

Now, I only wish the other parts of my family were as easy -- but then it wouldn't be quite so much fun!
by Robin Shaules G2G6 Pilot (387k points)

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