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Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Tue, 13th Jun '06 1:33 AM


I've been trying to research some of my family history with the free stuff out on the net but I've reached a roadblock. I traced my great grandparents to a 1910 census in Washington State but can't get beyond that. They came from Wisconsin. My older sisters seem to remember that my great grandmother was full native American but I just can't find any information.

Any suggestions?

Thanks much!


Mrsgc  (Level: 10.0 - Posts: 231)
Tue, 13th Jun '06 3:51 AM

I don't think I can help you much as I have done my reseach in England and Ireland.

I would advise that you go around and get as much information from elderly family members as you can even if you are not working on that part of the family at the moment. I did this about ten, or possibly more , years ago. I had several family members die close together shortly after that and the information would have been lost had I not made the effort.

Make notes - write down as much as poss when talking to family members even if it seems like you are repeating things.
On a day researching written records take time to write down what you have checked - any passing thoughts of possible further things to look at etc.

Check for alternative spellings.

Be open to the idea the known by name may not be the registered name - my Grt Uncle George was Hedley George - Auntie Joan is Anne Joan etc.

Areas may not be as expected - I had trouble finding one of my great-grandparents all because I was told they came from a particular town when in fact they came from a small village 3 miles down the road from it! This actually ties in with my first point - as I re-read all the notes I had and only one of the many people I had talked to had said 'or in that area' when they told me where their mother had come from.

NEVER throw away notes!

Bigbird  (Level: 236.5 - Posts: 3300)
Tue, 13th Jun '06 6:19 AM

Have you been to the birth records in Wisconsin? Marriage records? Have you put a request on the boards at sites like I actually found a 3rd cousin of mine, who is in England, by posting on a Jewish Genealogy bulletin board.

Be happy that your searches are still within this country. I have run into a temporary brick wall after finding my great grandparents names on ships' registries. Going back to Poland is very difficult!


Tuzilla  (Level: 131.3 - Posts: 3769)
Tue, 13th Jun '06 9:37 AM

We have a great family tree of my mother's family. It goes back the sister of Charlemagne, whose husband was excommunicated for treason against the throne, technically making his son the first of a new tree. My dad's side goes back to northern Germany, but there is a hole about 4 generations back where two brothers had about 14 kids. We have all their names,but the county building with all of their birth records burned down a 100-years ago or more and there are no records as to which children were from which father. So from there forward we can't sort them into distinct branches.
No one has researched my one grandmother's family. The other has the same issue you have with an Indian great-great grandparent. If the Indian's had particular records, we have not found out how to access them.

Phitzy1  (Level: 66.4 - Posts: 873)
Tue, 13th Jun '06 6:57 PM

The most unfortunate thing to happen was the great Chicago Fire. The respoitory for census records in the midwest were housed there and all were lost in the fire. There are local librarys (makes for a good vacation) that you can visit and, using the directories, you can gain tons of information. Directories lead to addresses which lead to city/county records offices, deeds (tons of info on those) and before you know it, you're travelling even further east on your next vacation! Good luck!

Ladyvol  (Level: 203.3 - Posts: 5442)
Wed, 14th Jun '06 3:07 PM

Do you happen to know what native American tribe? If you do they have rolls of their own that you can check out...That's how I found alot of information about my great-grandmother's family.
I'm doing mine right now and I use you need any help give me a holler ok? I've traced my grandmother (my dad's mother) all the way back to the 1600's and John SMith......

Tuzilla  (Level: 131.3 - Posts: 3769)
Wed, 14th Jun '06 4:02 PM

my ancestor was Potawattomi.

Sargon  (Level: 111.2 - Posts: 1256)
Wed, 14th Jun '06 5:35 PM

Many times public libraries have subscriptions to web sites like Another great source is the Church of Latter Day Saints (Mormons). We have a reseach room near us that is very helpful.

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Wed, 14th Jun '06 8:00 PM

I don't know the tribe. All I know is that she was born in Wisconsin, her married name was Mary Faucett. Her husband was William Faucett who has a birthplace listed as Michigan. She was 47 years old at the 1910 census in Washington State. At that time, her two youngest were listed as a 6 year old that still had a birthplace listed as Wisconsin but a 2 year old with a birthplace as Washington. (I know - had a baby a 45, poor woman).

I will check with our local library to see if they have a subscription to I don't and kind of wanted to check it out before I spent the money. But I don't know anyone around here who has it.

Thanks everyone.

Missgeorge  (Level: 63.0 - Posts: 388)
Wed, 14th Jun '06 8:30 PM

Mr. Tuzilla, sir, do the other folks on your family tree look as good in their bunny years as you do?

Tuzilla  (Level: 131.3 - Posts: 3769)
Wed, 14th Jun '06 9:56 PM


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