Chasing Collaterals: Finding Your Ancestors Without Looking for Them

speaker Carol Stetser

Family historians often limit their research to their “core” family, which means direct ancestors only. While this may seem to make research simpler, our ancestors didn’t live in a vacuum. They had aunts and uncles, cousins and friends and acquaintances, just like we do today. This presentation focuses on how to look for collateral relatives and shows how collateral research can solve tough genealogical puzzles that would block direct ancestor research.