Blame it all on my roots aka Fighting a losing battle

United States
September 28, 2015 9:14am CST
I wrote about this earlier, probably one of my first new mylot posts. I'm trying to research my family history again, centering on my father's side of things as I have a very very good grasp on my mom's side. With my dad's side of things though, well it already doesn't help that I don't have much to go by. I know my father's name, my aunt's names, my grandmother's name. I even know my grandfather's name. Names are all well and good, and they are bringing up results... but well these results aren't branching out to more results. Not immediately anyway. I'm getting there. I am having to alternate between searching JR. and II. Both of them mean the same thing but some people use JR and some use II. My father is a III and from previous research (I was using a higher ranking membership on free trial then) I already know that a lot of my ancestor's (The males) have variations of the same first name. The fact of the matter is, it's starting to get complicated past say my third great grandfather because the name changes. I can look up general info on the surname to see where most descendants originate but I want to know WHERE we came from. Ugh, I'm giving myself a headache with this.
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@ElicBxn (60834)
• United States
28 Sep 15
Like you, I have a good handle on my mother's side of the family. My cousin, Suzy, did research on Dad's, since she was his brother's daughter. While the name family came over with William Penn, one of the members of the family goes back to the Mayflower.
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• United States
30 Sep 15
My mom's side is extensive with atleast three children in each family generation. MY dad's family has always been small so that doesn't help. Even the ancestors? It seems they had maybe two or three kids per family if that. On my mom's side I'm interested in finding out more and see if we can be traced back to someone of significance but for my dad's side? I just want to find out from where.
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@allknowing (63569)
• India
29 Sep 15
In your search it is possible you could be on a wrong track as one slip could take you to a situation that would have nothing to do with your ancestors specially when names change. Good Luck with your efforts though.
• United States
30 Sep 15
You are very right about that. However I have noticed a pattern / trend that has helped me keep on the right ancestral track.
@allknowing (63569)
• India
30 Sep 15
@ScribbledAdNauseum If you succeeded that would be a feather in your cap. Go for it.
• United States
28 Sep 15
Oh no that is hard then if the name changes..the last name. Wow it is sort of a headache but good luck Cowgirl I guess I am fortunate like that I have not too much complications but I have not gone back really any further than grandparents.
• United States
28 Sep 15
Yeah, oh well I'll hopefully eventually get to what I want to know. I don't think I posted this above but I've found it interesting that a lot of the men didn't make it past 50. I think it wasn't until my fourth great grandfather, whom lived until he was 66.
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• United States
28 Sep 15
@ScribbledAdNauseum Wow you are going very far back..astounding good work Cowgirl
@Rollo1 (16649)
• Boston, Massachusetts
29 Sep 15
Tracking back in the various census years can help you find the right ancestors by looking for not just the household name, but names of members of the household. Strangely, I have had a fairly easy time of finding my ancestors mainly because they were all in other countries. And those countries make the databases public and you don't need to pay for them.
• United States
30 Sep 15
On ancestry.com one particular ancestor is listed three times under different variations of the same surname. It makes it a bit difficult but not overly so. I'm not so much interested in particularities other then finding out which country or countries we came from.