Thursday, March 29, 2012

How Far Will A Man Go To Court A Woman?

So what does that have to do with Genealogy?

Actually, thinking about that question might help a lot in researching your ancestors.

If you are looking for records of parents, siblings, or children of an ancestor you just might find they aren't too far away from where their spouse lived before they were married.

Long distance courtships were a lot closer in the good old days than they are now.

Birth, death, or marriage records might just be a buggy ride away. Check out vital records nearby.  In the pre 1900's if a man had a horse he might have a 5 mile radius because he had to be home at work the next day . Also, spouses families (in-laws, grandparents, aunts & uncles may have known your ancestor. Contact their researchers.

By the way, death certificates, mortuary, and sexton records may contain different details than what you have been given. Check them all. Check for licenses, certificates, and registers. Look for contracts, consents, or any documents. Check the record dates. I just found a document that proved my mothers journal wrong on a birth date of  a grandfather. It's all part of that detective thing that hooks you. Tip: Request a photo copy of the original record. It will show all the details where a transcipt may not.


  1. What grandfather, date?

    I found documentation our 2nd great grandmother came on a different ship and date than her memory (Book of Remembrance story) stated.

  2. She had written that Joseph Rich Porter was born 2 days before Joseph Smith was murdered. IF we went by that we would be wrong. He was born 2 months before, not 2 days.