#31 Earl E. Belknap

(52 Ancestors #31 – Easy)

One ancestor that I’ve never had any problem researching is my great-grandfather Earl Ervan Belknap.

Earl Belknap in 1955 at age 60

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.
Earl at age 30 and his son Arthur, about 1925