Buyers at Estate Sales

When in a pinch, lists of purchasers at estate sales can provide clues as to ancestral associates and relatives. Individuals who purchased the property of your deceased relative likely knew him.

I usually focus initially on any person who purchased more than two items as a potential relative or “close connection.” Those people may have lived where your ancestor used to live or ended up moving where later members of the family moved to.

I’ll follow up on the ones who purchased one item as well, but starting with the purchasers of more items is a good way to start.

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