One ancestor that I’ve never had any problem researching is my great-grandfather Earl Ervan Belknap.
I’ve noticed a couple characteristics “easy-to-research” ancestors have in common including:
- They are male. Therefore, their surnames don’t usually change over time.
- They have lived within your memory or the memory of a person you know. This is how you find out quirks that the documents don’t reveal. Like my father remembering that Earl always ate his dessert before dinner. It’s also a way to find photographs of the ancestor.
- They lived at a time and place where city directories are available. This helps figure out where they were living when, especially for un-indexed documents.
52 Ancestors #31 – Easy