The Best Details Are not Always in Your Face

Sometimes the best pictures don’t always show the faces of the people in them. They tell a story without really letting us know what the individuals actually looked like.

And sometimes the documents that provide the biggest piece of genealogical information don’t always make any blunt, in-your-face, direct statements. A man purchases property in his own name in 1821, suggesting he was born by at least 1800. A man sells property in Massachusetts in 1780 and buried in the metes and bounds legal description is a reference to his mother (without stating her relationship), along with her new married name. An estate inventory in Illinois references income from a mortgage in Kentucky and researching that mortgage leads to major discoveries on the family.

Never overlook a reference because “it doesn’t show me what I want to know.” There may be an even bigger clue hiding–if you only look for it.

Just like this picture reminded me that Grandma Neill always wanted to make certain everyone got enough to eat.

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