Dealing with Confusing Family Histories: My old fashion approach
This post is in response to the paragraph that Marian Pierre Louis posted on her Facebook page 12 Mar 2015. It is page 42 from The Chandler Family History by George Chandler (Google Books.)
I responded that I used index cards as a way to breakdown challenging family histories. Janice Edmee Hakim requested to see my method. Here is my response.
Breaking the paragraph code of old family histories can be challenging. I find the best way for me to unravel the family lines is to start with index card for each name. I write down the information provided for that person. When I have extracted the information from that paragraph on the index cards, I can arrange the index cards in order of the family they belong to.
The paragraph from Page 42 of the Chandler Family History by George Chandler is what I used for breaking the family code:
I created nine (5×8) index cards just from this paragraph:
Honorable Captain John Chandler, Esq., Mary Raymond, Deacon Joshua Raymond, Elizabeth Smith, Nehemiah Smith, Ann Bourn, Thomas Bourn, Richard Rayment, and Judith______.
Honorable Captain John Chandler
Mary Raymond (Joshua, Richard), wife to John Chandler
Joshua Raymond (Richard), father to Mary Raymond
Elizabeth Smith, wife to Joshua Raymond, mother to Mary Raymond
Nehemiah Smith, father to Elizabeth Smith, maternal grandfather to Mary Raymond
Ann Bournwife to Nehemiah Smith, mother to Elizabeth Smith, maternal grandmother to Mary Raymond
Thomas Bourn father to Ann Bourn, maternal great grandfather to Mary Raymond
Richard Rayment father to Joshua Raymond (changed spelling of surname), paternal grandfather to Mary Raymond
Judith _____, wife to Richard Rayment, mother to Joshua Raymond, paternal grandmother to Mary Raymond
I placed the cards together with spouse’s first:
Mary Raymond and John Chandler
Joshua Raymond and Elizabeth Smith
Nehemiah Smith and Ann Bourn
Thomas Bourn and _____ _____
Richard Rayment and Judith _____
I added parents above, each person listed creating index card family pedigree.
Using the index card placement I entered the names into an editable ancestral chart.
Where do I go next, using only this paragraph as a guideline to finding John Chandler’s lineage? I would go to the book index to find the names of the first two generations of John Chandler listed in parenthesis by his name (John, William.) There are three index pages that include the names for John (second generation) and William (first generation.) We know that any pages after 42 are not John’s ancestors. William would be the primary progenitor of the Chandler line-go to the first page, first generation to find him (page 1 of the book after the front matter.) His story is on page 1-4. William had six children; John was his fifth child. The second generation starts on page 4. We find John on page 16 ending on page 23. John had eight children.
FYI, There are more pages for John Chandler’s life (pg. 42-50) and children (pg. 51) (pages 42-51,) to complete the information of John and Mary.
Today’s blog was only in regards to the posted paragraphs. I have given you my approach to solving the family line of John and Mary Raymond Chandler. I know there are many others.
All my index cards, pedigree charts and this blog were scanned, labeled and added to Chandler John b4Mar1659blog research log. When I complete mining this family history for its information, I would create a To Do list for the missing information.
Who knows, I may find out that I am related to this Chandler line, or at least my Aunt Bea could be.
I hope this information is useful.
Sources: I’m cheating on citation by posting the books title page to source the book paragraph that Marian Pierre Louis posted on her Facebook page on 12 March 2015