Pick A Day

Pick a day in your ancestor’s life. Try and answer the following questions as of that date:

  • Where was my ancestor living?
  • Who was in his (her) household?
  • What was the ancestor’s occupation?
  • What was the ancestor’s age?
  • What was going on nationally on this date (at this point in time)?
  • What was going on locally/regionally?
  • Were my ancestor’s parents alive?
  • Were my ancestor’s siblings alive?
  • Where would he (she) have gone to church the previous Sunday?
  • Who were my ancestor’s neighbors?

You get the idea. Focusing one just one day may be enough to cause you to learn about other days in the process.