Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Last Wills and Testaments

Okay, I haven't been dancing with the ancestors as much as I have previously. Obviously, I'm doing a little two-stepping right now since I'm typing this post. Ha!

A good source of information, especially in verifying wives/husbands/children are the last wills and testaments of your ancestors. Again, with this Google is often your friend. Just type in . . . last will and testament of (insert ancestor's name).

In finding the last wills and testaments of my ancestors, I have been able to verify names of children, as well as marriages that help verify information.

For example, the last will and testament of Richard Edelen mentioned "an unnamed grandaughter who was the wife of Charles Boone and the daughter of Thomas James Boarman".

So, right from the start, I have verification of the marriage of unnamed Boarman to Charles Boone, who is my ancestor. Now, I'd already verified her name, so I know it was Mary. In addition, this will helped verify her father . . . Thomas James Boarman. Woo-hoo!

So, in dancing with the ancestors, don't discount their last wills and testaments, because, quite often, the verification you need to prove a relationship is found in those doucments.

Happy dancing, people.


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