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Of course, I found her name through a diligent search and discovered that her last name was Wenzig and her first name wasn't even "Grace". It was "Gertrude". Anyway, the Wenzig family disappeared from the census in New York. I found them in Brooklyn in 1900 but did not find them in 1910 Where did they go? I wondered. I did a google search and finally found them in Arkansas. I did this by locating a county history. Try local histories if you can.

Local Histories

Local histories can be invaluable when searching for families. When researching my husband's maternal grandmother's family, I was lost. Not only did I not know her name (although my mother-in-law told me they referred to her as Grandma Grace) but did not know her surname either. Apparently this lack of knowledge was because she and my husband's grandfather divorced when his father was young. She did not visit or see her children after that. My husband's father was raised by his father and grandmother in Brooklyn. Eventually, I learned her name by locating the marriage document. That was not an easy task because the grandfather's name was misspelled on that document. Then I located

Original entries

If you're Catholic, you're lucky because most Catholic records typically have more helpful information than you may suspect when you're researching. Look for a state archive for the diocese that you are interested in. Find out if they have research facilities and whether you can make an appointment so that you can go. I'm lucky that my diocese has a state archive and, with an appointment, I am allowed to search through their microfilm. I can then see the original entry rather than just getting the filled in copy of a baptismal or marriage form. The original entry typically has the names of the groom's and bride's parents and can sometimes have the grandparents' names. If your ancestor


Still speaking about the book... Because I have a plan to create my book, I will be writing every week, perhaps two or three times a week following my daily planner and can still continue to research. Most important is to set a time that you will spend writing, for example, 20 minutes on Tuesday and 30 minutes on Thursday or choose an ancestor and complete the short story. OR, devote more time to this if you so desire. Spend enough time outlining your book in the beginning and you won't wonder, at any time, "What am I going to write about."

In Continuation..

In planning my book... Using my list, I planned an outline of my book, using subtopics under my main topics. For example, I plan to write s short story about my granduncle's life. Within this topic, I want to include his baptismal certificate, the picture of the ship he sailed on when he was drafted in 1917 and a picture of the ship he sailed on his way to France, a newspaper article and several other military papers. I will also include his photo. I will put all this together in a folder on my computer in a folder that will include the contents of the entire book.




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