Find the Story of your Ancestors

Jeannette Holland Austin
3 min readJul 5, 2022

There is a story of all your kinfolks, in fact, all of those who lived before you in earlier times. You may think that the life of the old people is not interesting. Oh, but you are so wrong!

  1. The first thing to do is to familiar yourself with the history from your day, all the way to as far as you can trace. Probably early 1600s. Since the 1970s when American school books were re-written, a large portion of historical events are missing. The genealogist, in order to learn more about his ancestors, has an eye for detail, and needs to use it. A simple overview of historical events is not enough.
  2. Details. Did you know that the War of 1812 was a Naval war, and that from 1811–1814 the colonies were more at odds with the various Indian tribes? Indian homesteads reflect hundreds of villages across the map. The American colonists had conflicts with the tribes from the very beginning, especially in the mountain areas. As the colonists moved westward, forts were erected, and the battles with the Indians followed. This part of history is frequently overlooked, despite the fact of provincial state records and existing militia service records and battalions.
You cannot assume that nothing of interest to your research was happening in the Indian settlements

3. From the earliest settlements in the colonies to the present day, there have been conflicts. During these events, your ancestors were not just twiddling their fingers. They had monumental issues to resolve. Each era had its own story. You just have to look.

4. The key to research is to zero in on the time and the place. What year are we talking about, and where did that person live? How and why did he arrive in that vicinity? Step by step, there are many records which lead the researcher to the time and place when this person first entered this country.

5. Throughout the research, we are educating ourselves. Next, our research becomes a study of languages. Do not forget to anglicize the name and consider the origin, tribal or clan name and all of the variables.

This map assists locating the origin of Highland Clans

6. In 1683, Germans from the Rhineland arrived in Concord, Massachusetts. During the 18th century, thousands of poor German families arrived at the Philadelphia port to…

Jeannette Holland Austin

Author of 100+ genealogy books. Owner of 8 genealogy websites available by subscription.