Pedigree Analysis: Back to the Basics

February 26, 2007 at 8:54 pm 6 comments

Can you prove that your grandparents are really your grandparents?

Pedigree AnalysisOften genealogy can become a tangled web of people and places, dates and documents. New web sites and databases are available every day. Sometimes we need to stop and re-evaluate our basic goal. Generally that goal is to trace direct ancestry back in time. The pedigree chart shows direct ancestry. How strong is your pedigree? A strong pedigree is not necessarily the deepest pedigree but the strongest in terms of evidence of vitals and proof of parentage. Learn the three step process.

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  • 1. brenda reynolds davis  |  August 23, 2007 at 8:46 pm

    im looking for the reynolds family from oconee city my kin.cant find the old oconee city.

  • 2. brenda reynolds davis  |  August 23, 2007 at 8:51 pm

    i am looking for dad & mom of cumberland c. reynolds my g.g.grand father.

  • 3. charlotte  |  January 30, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    Good morning all.On my mothers birth cert.her mother istated to be Wally Charlotte Grund from Berlin Germany .But the info from some geneagolist from Germany said it cant be her name ? Other family say Grund is not her name??Any idea how to dig up this woman?
    Thank You Char

    • 4. Shamele Jordon  |  January 31, 2009 at 3:58 am

      Hello Charlotte. I say that your mother’s mother’s name was Grindmeister. LOL

      The reason that I made my very little joke was to say that anyone can say anything, but what do the records say. I am not saying that they birth record is necessarily true.

      You must build a case. Collect more records as opposed to opinions. Possibly you can follow the trail of Wally and see where it leads you. Did your mother have siblings? What does their birth records show? In the collection of birth records does Wally have any additional children? Did Wally get married?

      I have yet to find any German ancestry so I can not consul you on researching German ancestry. One thing that I do know about German research is that there are lots of church records and that often they emigrated in chains, meaning one family member came and then others followed.

      Another thought is that sometimes you have to make a connection thru the back door. You may need to use the records of collateral ancestors to build a case. Sometimes we have to correlate indirect evidence.

      Are you a member of any genealogy groups? Are you hanging out with others researching Germany? Do you get the journals and other literature? These things can also help you.

      I hope that I have provided you with something useful.


  • 5. FamilyWoman  |  May 17, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    I recently tried out Moomani. I was able to add my family members and we’ve all been using it for the last three months. It’s been great because it is easy to use for older parents and family members. You just need to give them a little push to get them started but it is well worth it:

    I highly recommend it.

  • 6. Romana Durousseau  |  September 20, 2011 at 8:03 am

    I’m not sure exactly why but this blog is loading extremely slow for me. Is anyone else having this issue or is it a problem on my end? I’ll check back later on and see if the problem still exists. Kudos!


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