It can be an art to find the branches and leaves on your family tree. Sometimes the records are right there, spelled out for you in black and white. The art comes in when you have to follow the subtle clues that you may find, like an occupation that is passed down and through the family.  Some occupations in my acestry were farmers, carpenters, and iron workers. An unusual name can make it easier. Other times you can’t see the trees for the forest.

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Stream of Consciousness Saturday is hosted by Linda G Hill. Today’s prompt is ‘art.’

Featured image is ‘Olivenbäume’ by Vincent Van Gogh via

12 thoughts on “Art

  1. JoAnna

    All the old photos I’ve found of ancestors intrigue me. If, or more likely when, I start down the path of exploring their history, I’ll look for an unusual name. Most of the first names are not so unusual: Mary, Marie, John, and Robert are my grandparents’ first names. But I’ll snoop around some day.

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    1. Deborah Drucker Post author

      It is hard when the names are more common because there will be more than one person with the name. But there are other ways to find them, like occupation or where they lived and their relationships, birthdates…There is so much data online now that helps. I still hit walls for sure and then I have to make myself let go and think that more may come to light in the future. It is rewarding when you find people though. Having photos is great.

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