It’s exciting when we are able to find our ancestors on every census they appeared on, until we reach 1840 and beyond. Those pesky tic marks seem to get in our way as we work to extend our pedigrees. Just what do they mean, and how can they help me? Are they throwing us into a dead end, or can they tell us more? This lecture provides a case study following an eastern Kentucky family back into the area of Germantown, Pennsylvania.
Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG, has been involved in family history research since the days of her youth. A favorite snapshot is of her mother getting ready to transcribe in a cemetery just four days before Peggy was born. All four of Peggy's grandparents were born in the 1880's. She can recall their stories of epidemics, funeral customs, weddings, wars, the Depressions, and the joys and hardships of life. They, along with her parents, were born in the days of mules and buckboards, but lived to see men walk on the moon. Peggy and her husband, Kerry are Family History Center Directors in Mansfield, Ohio.
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