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Most Wanted! Ancestors Lost and Found

A place to post the information you know about that special, elusive ancestor. Let's deconstruct a few brick walls and repair a broken link or two.

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Discussion Forum

Thomas J. Sanders, Dyer County, Tenn - Who are my parents?

I am researching my GG-grandfather (Thomas J. Sanders 1839-1916)  who was a Baptist Minister in Newburn, TN. I have found his certificate of death that lists his father as Tom Sanders born in…Continue

Started by Maxanne Sanders Durkee Aug 10, 2016.

James Adair and Alabama Descendents

I have a fairly clear and well researched line from myself to William Issac Adair Born 1780 and married to Eleanor Moon, living in Madison County AL. I'm struggling to find William Issac's parents…Continue

Started by James W Adair Jul 12, 2016.

Information on Ben Scarce is very Scarce!! 1 Reply

Looking for any information on my gr. gr. grandfather Ben Scarce. The 1900 census says he and his mother were born in Tennessee, His father in Virginia. At the time of the 1900 census it states they…Continue

Started by DEANNA IRELAN. Last reply by DEANNA IRELAN Jul 6, 2016.

Elusive Joneses

Dear Researchers,I have been researching for a couple of years and have discovered a lot.  But now, like many of you, I have hit a wall.  Any help would be appreciated.Looking for Robert McClure…Continue

Started by Robert Jones May 15, 2015.

Vaughan Daniel Urbasch - My grandfather.

Birth: September 19, 1895Last seen by family: circa 1942 (47)Parents: Carl Rudolf Urbasch and Gertruida Magdalena VaughanHis last know address is somewhere in Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.Continue

Started by Charmaine Carstens Jan 21, 2015.

Carl Nielsen - vanished into thin air 2 Replies

Hi,I am looking for Carl Nielsen, born in Denmark on 23 Oct 1885 to Hans Nielsen and Christina Jonasdotter. He worked as an apprentice seaman for the German shipping line HAPAG. Came to Ellis Island…Continue

Started by Madeline Yanov. Last reply by Madeline Yanov Jan 11, 2015.

Augustus Caesar Glazebrook 1 Reply

Supposedly my gggg grandfather Augustus Caesar Glazebrook existed but I can hardly fine any  mention of him.  Born cc 1790 in Virginia he disappears around 1833 living near Louisville on either the…Continue

Started by Turk Glazebrook. Last reply by Anne Jan 4, 2015.

Mary Ann Shakespeare 1 Reply

I'm hoping to find information on the English family of my ancestor Mary Ann Shakespeare, this is what little I know about her.She was born in England in 1816, I don't know where.She married James…Continue

Tags: Worthington, Ivens, Shakespeare

Started by Kay Ivens Blinebury. Last reply by Laressa Northrup Dec 30, 2014.

Lewis family tree

Hi Everyone.  I'm a newbie here and was wondering if anyone has any ancestors by the name of James B. Lewis, born in 1822 in New Jersey.  He married Martha M. Stackhouse (born in Ohio) and had 10…Continue

Started by Andrea Davis Sep 23, 2014.

Conrad Holsinger & Rosanna Gaerte 10 Replies

My most wanted ancestors are the parents of my ancestors Conrad Holsinger & Rosanna Gaerte. They were married in 1838 in Stark County, Ohio. I do have their marriage record and a newspaper…Continue

Started by Laressa Northrup. Last reply by Laressa Northrup Aug 7, 2014.

thomas hansen

 I have been,for years, trying to find the birth of Thomas, I have his marriage and death cert.,both confirming his birth circa 1852. He claims to have been born in S.Lambeth,London, and his father…Continue

Started by brenda walcroft Apr 12, 2014.

Joseph May Taylor (1826-1892) of KY, FL, TX & OK

I can’t find parents for my 2x great-grandfather, Joseph M Taylorb: 5 Mar 1826 in Louisville, KY; (find-a-grave)m: Sarah Jane Frierson (1839-1880), daughter of Aaron Taylor Frierson and Hester Ann…Continue

Tags: Texas, Frierson, Taylor, Oklahoma, Kentucky

Started by Jeanne Taylor Dewey Apr 5, 2014.

Huldah Surviah Anderson

Hi! My brick wall ancestor is Huldah Surviah Anderson. I am looking for her maiden name. She was born 15 Dec 1776 in Stonington, New London, CT. She died 1 Jan 1859 in Massena, St Lawrence, New York.…Continue

Tags: Connecticut, Vermont, Anderson, Brooks

Started by Dana Kelly Dec 31, 2013.

Andrew Davison b. abt 1806 in Connecticut

Looking for the ancestors of Andrew Davison. He married Sally King (possibly in Delaware County, Indiana in 1837).Children: George b. 1839Nancy b. 1842William b. abt 1841James b. 1845Sarah b.…Continue

Tags: County, Clinton, Michigan, King, Davison

Started by Ginny Sayre Dec 29, 2013.

Rogers from GA >AL > TX

 What I have on the  this 2nd great grandfather is this. His name is Micheal William Rogers b. 1812 in  Milldgeville ,Baldwin, Georgia. I am not sure of the proof of that location. He is seen again…Continue

Started by Angela D Rogers Perez Oct 24, 2013.

Lost Gates in Texas

I have a great grandfather who was born in Texas 1862 (?) Lived in Danville , Montgomery, TX , He married my great grandmother,Margaret Louisa Kirby of San Jacinto County TX , in Polk County TX in…Continue

Started by Angela D Rogers Perez Oct 24, 2013.

James Miller 1814-1887 OH, IN, MN, NE

James Miller is my 3rd great-grandfather.  I've been researching him for over 10 years.Here is what I know:Name: James MillerBorn: 15 September 1814 (source: Saunders County, NE GenWeb Project,…Continue

Tags: OH, Lancaster, Baker, Miller

Started by Denise T Jul 15, 2013.

Maggie Stover Kurley 27 Replies

I am looking for any info on the death of Maggie Stover Kurley. She was married to Lee Robert Kurley. Think she died in the 1880's.

Started by Sue Terry. Last reply by David Prater Jun 30, 2013.

My Brick Wall: Sarah Elisabeth Tharpe McGehee

Hi all -  my brick wall is: Sarah Elisabeth Tharpeb.  unknown in possibly Arkansasd. approx 1900 in Indian Territory now Carter County, OKburied:  possibly in Oil Springs Cemetery, Carter County,…Continue

Started by Charma Green Apr 21, 2013.

George W. Risner b. 1816 TN but he's not a Risner.

My 2nd ggfa was George W. Risner b. 1816 TN.  However, he anglicized his very German name (shortened it and revised it) to spell it Risner.  And, after DNA testing results, he is not actually a…Continue

Started by Clydene Williams Cannon Apr 21, 2013.

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Comment by Helen Pust on May 16, 2015 at 11:59am

My Dad's family came from Germany/Prussia and settled in the Benson and Danvers Village area of Minnesota.  Grandmother Johanna (b. 1861 Germany) was married to William Brose (b 1862). There was property with his name on papers in 1893 for the Moyer Township.  But have not found what happened to him after that.  They had 5 children with the last one being born sometime in 1895.  William immigrated to USA and landed in Chicago July 1876.  It is possible he may have lived in the LeSeur County when young.

Johanna immigrated to New York April 1884.   Grandfather August Pust (b.1867 Prussia/Germany) immigrated to New York Jan 1891.  They were married on 15th Aug 1895 in Appleton, Swift County, Minnesota.  The family lived in Benson, Appleton and owned farm near Danvers Village until 1902.  They traveled west to Montana with friends and family.  1904 found them farming in the Stettler/Big Valley area of Alberta on a Dominion Land Grant.

Every document have either Germany or Prussia as place of birth.  The only place I know where August was is Swinemaude where he boarded a ship to America.  If any one can help me with information regarding my family would be greatly appreciated. 

Comment by Tezzy on January 19, 2015 at 11:27pm
Hey How are you I'm searching Solomon Taylor birth 1851-1852 his Taylor family including parents. (ENFIELD HALIFAX CO. ) Also looking for Mary Dickens Fenner birth year 1887 (Husband) John Fenner parents names
Comment by Lynn Davis on August 1, 2014 at 10:12am

Hello Everyone: My Brick Wall is coming from Brooks County GA or South GA which I'm looking for several family members from Neloms, Yerby, Jones, McMullen, Sheppard, Williams and Brooks. Because I learned that I come from a huge family, I have several family members which having a brick wall in locating them. If you a familiar with any of the surnames in South GA please get in contact with me. Thank you!!!!


Comment by Slægtens Historie on January 7, 2012 at 4:00am

Please take a look at this video and see how we helped Bob finding his ancestors

Comment by Scott Baker on December 26, 2011 at 4:21pm

Looking for any information on the parents of William S (Shryock?) Baker, Ohio, born in 1857. Thanks!

Comment by Albertus Lang on March 6, 2011 at 3:42pm
Hello Slaegtens ,hope you enjoy all the spoils on this site and meet all or most of the people ,cheers .
Comment by Spirit Baker on March 6, 2011 at 6:35am
Welcome aboard Slægtens
Comment by Slægtens Historie on March 6, 2011 at 6:23am

I am new to this group. I am 50 years old and live in Copenhagen Denmark.

I have been a professionel genealogist for almost 20 years.


Comment by maggie on February 19, 2011 at 7:19pm
it  hard to say if it menion a  son Calvin ward  and a wife Naomi  Butler the mite  be him
Comment by Spirit Baker on February 14, 2011 at 3:08pm

Hi Maggie,

Is that your tree I see on Ancestry? I see 3 John Ward's for 1790 in CT, a bit tough aye. Do you have any birth dates? Maybe someone will have more info for you.


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