Between today and Wednesday, my genealogy column, Roots to the Past, is available in the following Atlantic Canada newspapers:
Saturday: The Citizen (Amherst)
Saturday: Times & Transcript (Moncton)
Wednesday: The Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin (Lunenburg County)
Title: Educated Genealogy Guesses
Snippet: Many times in my genealogy research, I’ve found myself not know how to find information on a particular person. This often made me skip to another section of the tree that was easier. Over the years, however, I have learned tricks to help me solve these problems. One of these tricks involves making guesses, some wild and some educated.
Educated guesses can be as simple as taking a date of death and subtracting the age at death to come up with a date of birth. This is an accurate method if the date and age are correct but many times, they are not. Still, the educated guess should provide a date within a few years of the correct date.
Years ago, when I was young and naïve, and I attempted to make guesses at a person’s age or birth year using their spouse’s as a base, in general, I would assume the wife was zero to five years younger than her husband. I mistakenly applied the current standard to the lives of those born more than 100 years ago. I have since learned this can be very wrong.
A few months ago, I saw a marriage record for a man in his seventies. He married a woman who was 22 years old…and had children by her.
. . . To read more, pick up one of the above noted newspapers.