In reviewing research on my Irish immigrants, I realized that somewhere along the line, I made an incorrect conclusion. I “got it in my head” that the bondsman on the 1865 marriage of my ancestors appeared as the bondsman on numerous bonds and probably was not a relative for that reason.
When I went back and reviewed the records, the bondsman was a bondsman on only one bond: the one for my ancestors.
All of which means that I need to research the bondsman more fully to determine if he had any relationship to my ancestors. Lessons:
- review your research
- check your assumptions
- every so often, clean out the mental dust bunnies in your ancestral closet