This week has been an awesome week for treasure hunting and finds beyond what was sought. A sweet friend of mine who was intimidated by reaching out to try and find the real ancestor, sat down with me and we went on a hunt together. At the end of two days of looking at all the possibilities, and offerings, we pinpointed her ancestor as well as back 3 generations. She sat back and sighed and said "you just have to stand back and look at the big picture." Ancestry was invaluable for comparing census, and family trees as well as Family Search.
Now she is taking the next step. She is emailing the
people who have posted their trees and is filled with hope she will quickly get feed back and find the biggest treasure in the ancestor hunt...extended family. Many time it is just a small clue or feeling "impressed" to pick up a book, that sends you down the path to the hidden treasures.
My personal experience was enhanced by finding proof of an ancestor in the land records when looking for a different ancestor. All long term researchers have their moments of A HA!