I wrote about doing some research on the history of our property back in April (Playing detective). I mentioned that it was requiring a “HUGE amount of *finesse,” but that finesse has paid off!
I was researching the family that had lived here in 1930 on Ancestry.com, and was having difficulty following the information due to the number marriages between the two prominent family lines and similar names. I’d contacted two family members that had posted trees, but they did not have any helpful information.
However, I did receive an email from a family member I had not contacted. He turned out to be the great-grandson of the previous owner. He said his mother was anxious to speak with me regarding the horrific events that took place on the property that involved her mother’s family. Since that time I have exchanged many emails with various family members who all live in the Mid-west. I even received a packet of family photos, some taken on the property!
This afternoon I’m sitting down with two elderly ladies who lived in the area during the period of time that the previous family lived here. Funny, but I would have never known to speak with these two ladies (one still lives in the area, the other is here visiting relatives) without receiving that contact through Ancestry.com.
My research finesse level: Novice Advanced beginner Competent Proficient Expert
What’s your research finesse level?
*finesse (skill, flair, grace elegance, poise, assurance)