Dana Huff’s Family History blog has an interesting category of posts called Research Questions. It is a collection of posts that asks questions, and invites answers, about the topics that puzzle her and her family about their ancestors.
In “Johnson Franklin Cunningham: Will Executor Extraordinaire?”, we learn that Mr. Cunningham didn’t leave a will but he participated in the will and probate records of many people. This is an interesting way to learn more about your ancestors by finding more about who they knew, why they knew them, and how they participated in their lives.
In “Huff Family Mystery”, Dana reveals research attempts made through a subscription to Ancestry.com led to some unraveling of mysteries around identifying some ancestors, which then revealed more mysteries. In “Penelope Who?”, Dana continues to explore facts with assumptions, and clarify assumptions with facts, as the challenge goes on to identify relatives. The issue of assumption versus fact, and how to build those assumptions which may lead to facts, helps us all learn how to research our family’s history better.
I believe that all genealogy and family history blogs need to categories their family history puzzles so others may find them and possibly help. For us, we have our “Do You Know These People” missing people category, inviting you to help us identify who these people are and solve our own family history mysteries.
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