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08 December 2011

Connect With Non-Relatives from Same Area

If you cannot locate relatives who are interested in your ancestor, have you at least tried and contacted other genealogists who are researching in the same location?

While they might not be related, they might have ideas for sources or repositories where you should conduct your research. Others might know what records have been microfilmed or digitized, etc.

Don't just limit yourself to trying to find relatives--others with similar areas of research may be able to help you even more.


  1. Excellent idea! I am one of those people who is curious about the whole community -- all these people interacted with each other. I find myself working on the genealogy of these neighbors even though they are not related to me.

  2. Is anyone working on genealogy of those who lived in the Radom, IL area? I've tried contacting a woman who took alot of photos of the gravestones in the county;s cemeteries but she never responded.