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A new genealogy series called Roots on CNN…
We all have legends among our family stories. Some are linked to historical celebrities (my 3x great-grandfather rode with Teddy Roosevelt); some to historic events (my ancestors lived through the Great Chicago Fire); and some are inspiringly personal (my 4x great grandmother raised 12 kids on her own).
Many family history adventures start when someone wants to learn the truth behind one of the family legends. And, as professional researchers, weve learned time and again that many of these legends do have a kernel of truth in them.
Christine Romans has long been a collector of the family stories in her tree. One of her favorites is the inspirational story about her 2x great-grandmother, Anna Pedersen. Christines family often talks about Anna who left Denmark at 20 years old, came to America, and then saved her money to buy tickets to America for family members she had left behind. Christines family calls the tickets she paid for Bedstemors Tickets. (Bedstemor is grandmother in Danish.) Christine was hoping to learn if we could prove that this legend was true.
Who are we, and where do we come from? The fundamental drive to answer these questions is a the heart of Henry Louis Gates, Jr.’s “Finding Your Roots”. Join …
A interesting Civil War story.
The heavy steel army trunk that moved with my father all his life was still padlocked when my sister and I came to clean out his apartment in Napa, Calif., 18 months ago. Like the black onyx arrowhead collection of his Nevada youth and the Moody Blues vinyl albums, that trunk contained mementoes of a past he could not bring himself to part with.
Among the Christmas ornaments and wedding rings and old diaries was one yellowed document that caught my eye immediately.
It was a statement from Mamie Belle Stout, my fathers maternal grandmother, declaring that we had relatives who fought on both sides in the Civil War. My father had always told me he believed this to be true.
Need to research further, a notation on the document read, in his handwriting.
This is a great strategy to help find the father of an illegitimate child.
In most families, sooner or later you will encounter a child born to an unwed mother. Finding the fathers of these ‘illegitimate’ children can be difficult, but not necessarily impossible.
I’ve researched dozens of these cases, both in my own tree and for clients. In fourcases, I have been able to prove who the father was.In two other cases, I have developed good theories which I hope to prove through DNA. In the majority of cases, I ended up with a list of possible fathers, but no clear candidates. With the growing popularity of DNA testing and advances in tools for exploring DNA matches, it may be possible to solve these cases in the future.
While working these cases, I developed some strategies that may help you with your own cases too. I will use anonymized examples from my own research to illustrate how you can find out who the father of the illegitimate child was.
Many unmarried women tried to hide their pregnancies so a pregnancy may have gone unnoticed in the community until the child was born. At that point, there are several possible records that may have been created:
Strategy 1: Examine records from around the birth
Strategy 2: Find out where the mother was around the time of conception
Strategy 3: Research the men in the mother’s life
Strategy 4:Get to knowthe mother
Strategy 5: Analyze the baby’s name
Strategy 6: Understand the community
Strategy 7:Find out what was going on
Strategy 8: Follow the money
Strategy 9:Research from cradle to grave
Strategy 10: DNA testing