My paternal great-grandmother went through a name evolution, of sorts. My grandfather said his mother's name was Edith Pearl. However, she married my great-grandfather under the name of Eda Pearl. In the census records she went by…"
"I am going to have to say that we find out who my grandmother's mother was. She is a complete mystery, went by 3 or 4 names, different in three different census, different on her marriage certificate. Who was she before, who was she…"
"I so agree! And some of the times, they only wrote down HOW the name sounded like it was spelled, not how it actually was! Hard enough to have to use a magnifying glass and still only read part of it, but then to have it spelled different is a pain!"
I have nothing. At this point we are guessing. We have photos of him and my aunt in some kind of childrens home. We have tried to be picture detectives with magnifying glasses and all that and have come up with…"
"Lora - you have no address or name for that that home? There are tricks to find someone missing in the census (usually a transcription error) if you have an urban address. Or know someone else who was in the home. I KNOW, too much…"
"I WOULD LIKE TO FIND OUT WHY MY DADS' FATHER ADOPTED OUT THE 5 GIRLS: MARIE, MERLE, ELIZABETH, RUTH AND THE BABY SHIRLEY (WHO WAS RENAMED MARGUERITE LATER AFTER SHE WAS ADOPTED, AFTER MY GRANDMOTHER DIED IN CHILDBIRTH)"
"I would wish to find out where my Dad was from 1931 (birth) to 1940. He just falls off the planet in the 1940 census. I know he was in a childrens home in California, but this brick wall is a nasty one!"
"Ohhh I would never wish for my research to be completed - then life would have less meaning :) Torn between knowing the real father of my great-grandfather Charlie POUNDS or being able to go back in time to the summer of 1879 to my beloved…"
"I've taken my family tree from a handfull of names to approximatly 30,000 names with all types of stories, and pictures. But the one person I can not get pass the basic birh and death is my own mother. The death certificate that…"