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Most Wanted! Ancestors Lost and Found


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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charles sherman Hagaman 16 Replies

i am  trying to find the parents of charles sherman Hagaman who was born  nov 16 1844 and die in 1925

Started by maggie. Last reply by Allen Hagerman Mar 28, 2019.

John Louis du Plessis (1858–1956)

Good day,I would like to ask you if you could help me with info on John Louis du Plessis (1858–1956)He was my 2nd great-grandfather and I can not find any info on him.BIRTH 10 NOV 1858 • Franschhoek,…Continue

Started by Cornelia Potgieter Aug 16, 2018.


i am struggling with an ancestor Fillipo Rossini who was born about 1795 in Como, Italy. He moved to Scotland and married Martha Abercrombie in 1819. He died in Gartnavel Asylum in 1849 where he had…Continue

Tags: Rossini, Fillipo

Started by Brian Charles Maclachlan Jul 26, 2018.

Looking for information on Asberry Parks

Hello my brick wall is with Asberry Parks and the knowledge of knowing who his parents were and also his grand parents and so on, I don't know his birth date,just know that he was supposingly in the…Continue

Started by Amelia Underwood Feb 23, 2017.

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.

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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.

Comment by maggie on February 14, 2011 at 2:15pm
i am looking for John Ward  and naomi Butler  who got married  march 24 1785 in somer Conn . after that i would  like to know were they went  after
Comment by Spirit Baker on January 4, 2011 at 2:17pm
Wow Robin, lucky you, what a nice gift to receive. A funeral home was nice to me for my grandfather but when I went back and spoke to someone else for his in-laws info, Doane Family, the woman wouldn't give me copies of anything. And the name of the funeral home is Doane Funeral Home. Prob family too, same town. That is awful. I hope you have great luck. I cherish the paper I received on my grandfather. They can tell you where buried and try to get plot and lot number then you can go on FindAGrave and place a request for a photo and inscription on the stone!
Comment by Ms ROBIN COFFMAN on January 3, 2011 at 8:51pm
Thank you sooooooooo much. That is him alright. My sisther took a chance and called the funnurl home as soon as I called her. The man there is calling us back tomorrow he acted like he knew John so pen and papper is ready. Thank you sooooooooo muck. MISS ROBIN
Comment by Ms ROBIN COFFMAN on January 3, 2011 at 7:04pm
Sorry for the mix up.  At this point I would so love his obituary. Note haveing been rased with the Burke side of the family I think we are just straveing for answers and not going as slow as we should. . Yes, if you have John J Burke obituary died April 9, 1976 I would kiss the ground. Thank you for your patience and kindness. . Hope your New Years is going great. Again,, thank you,, MISS ROBIN
Comment by Spirit Baker on December 31, 2010 at 11:12am
Since you know he died at home you can order his death certificate and it will mention how he died. It may have more names on the certificate also and maybe more info than you expected. I was surprised when I got my G Grandmother's and G Grandfather's death certificates. I have more I need to order. Do you have Ancestry?
Comment by Ms ROBIN COFFMAN on December 31, 2010 at 8:45am
All I have is John J Burke died April 9, 1976 Cleveland, Ohio, died at home age 33. birth year listed as 1943
Comment by Spirit Baker on December 31, 2010 at 8:16am

Hint on John, and do you have a middle initials for anyone?

Name: John T Burke
Home in 1930: Elyria, Lorain, Ohio
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Age: 1
Estimated birth year: abt 1929
Relation to Head of House: Son
Father's name: John W Burke
Mother's name: Vilet Burke
Race: White

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