Daniel Swalm of Minnesota was shocked to learn that his grandmother was born in the USA, died young in the USA, and never left the USA. But by the time of her passing, she was no longer a citizen! Find out why.
Happy New Year, Genies! I've been at this puzzle for 35 years now and keep wondering just when am I going to stop finding stuff. In 1996, I thought I'd reached the end of a line, only to discover the key clue as I wrote up a summary to leave to the next "keeper of the flame."
In 2011, someone on FamilySearch linked my dead-end 3rd great grandfather to a family for which no evidence existed that he belonged there. When requesting sources, the contributor replied "It just seemed like he belonged there!"
After a long session of eye-rolling, I realized that I hadn't really examined the problem in many years. Digitized newspapers were still new and I started from there, discovering an obituary for someone I thought seemed to be at the right place, with the right name and age. It turned out this man was buried with my great grandmother's child from a first marriage I had not known about previously!
So the child validated the identify of the ancestor and the ancestor's burial led me to discover the child... a half-sister of my grandfather. Soon the evidence led me right back to the family the clueless contributor had linked my man to in the first place! Meant to be, right?!
In a few weeks, his line took me to the Mayflower. His wife's line has also filled in over the past five years, always yielding more when I started to think nothing more could be found.
Christmas may be over, but to me it's Christmas every time I find something new. So here's hoping we all have many Christmases in 2017! Happy Hunting Year!