When ancestors’ vital records are missing, where do you go to fill in the blanks? By tapping alternative resources, we’ll discuss “round-about” problem-solving methods for locating those pesky “hidden” family members.
The conversation will provide direction, options and techniques for finding resources that can result in a richer ancestral landscape. Getting to the resource is the first step – “mining the find” completes the process.
The presentation includes case studies that visualize the usage of substitute resources, including newspaper collections, city directories, property records, probate files, corner’s reports, church/diocesan records, cemetery and funeral home archives to piece together the details involving two shipwrecks; the poisoning and subsequent death of her 2X great grandfather; and a lawsuit filed by her 2X great grandmother following the construction-site death of her immigrant husband.
Presented by Cathy Dailey
Cathy Dailey’s genealogy “addiction” began when researching her great-grandfather, a tugboat captain, who drowned during a gale storm on Lake Erie in 1909. Through vessel registry records and newspaper accounts, she was able to piece together the timetable of his tragic death and locate his grave in Cleveland, Ohio.
To bring to life the stories of her elusive ancestors, she relies on “roundabout” research methods involving property records, newspaper articles, censuses, city directories, cemetery receiving logs, and funeral home archives. She views her genealogical research as a giant jigsaw puzzle – not all of the pieces fit together precisely, yet each one adds to the richness of the image.
A member of various local, state, national and ethnic genealogical societies, she currently serves as vice president of the Wisconsin State Genealogical Society. Cathy holds an MBA from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI.