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17 March 2012

Don't Ignore Siblings Without Descendants

Have you fully researched those siblings of your ancestors without descendants? Their pension applications, marriage records, census materials could be just as helpful on your direct ancestors in answering questions about your family's origins. And, if they had an estate requiring probate, those records could help document additional family relationships. Sometimes there's a big story in the aunt or uncle who never has children.


  1. So true. I have often found that elderly parents often are living with the child who never married or who has no children. It helps a lot in finding them in census records. I can't count how many times I couldn't find the parent, until I looked up the child and there the parent was.

  2. Great idea! Thanks!