Casefile Clues

27 June 2012

Chronologies--Use Them

Ancestry.com recently notified me that someone had linked the passenger list entry for my children's ancestor to a Swedish immigrant to Minnesota.

A quick look at the chronology for his ancestor in his public tree makes it fairly clear that the passenger list entry is not for his ancestor.

That is unless:
  • his ancestor went back to her maiden name after her husband died in Michigan.
  • his ancestor went back to Sweden after her husband died in Michigan.
  • the place of birth he has for his ancestor is wrong (as in over 100 miles apart).
  • the ancestor didn't use a patronym from her father's first name, didn't use her father's last name, but chose an apparently different maiden name.
If there's that many things that don't match--then either you have the wrong person or you need to clearly explain why your ancestor acted in such an unusual fashion.