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16 Apr 2011 Tracing your Foreign Ancestors

To all my valued clients thank you for asking me to be involved with the search for your Ancestors.

In recent weeks after a death in our family, I was given some old Certificates of my husband’s Ancestors that were born in Holland. Now tracing a family from an overseas country can at times be quite a challenge, especially when you do not speak the language in question.

With having the correct spelling and place of birth on a certificate lead me to trace my husband’s Ancestors back to his Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Grandfather Michel Bambacht who was born in 1590. Michel married Susanna Kling and their son Jacob was born in 1615. Records from this time are sometimes difficult to locate but from having one certificate can assist in the location of your Ancestors.

With two world wars having been fought throughout Europe and the ensuing destruction of public buildings, along with the documents within being destroyed does make finding records difficult. However many forward thinking town officials of the time “spirited” these records away for their protection. So chances are with a little persistence, records can be found.

Family Skeletons are only too willing to provide you with any assistance to trace your Ancestors who lived in faraway foreign shores.

31 Aug 2010 Factors influencing the reliability of genealogical information

Information found in historical or genealogical sources can be unreliable and it is good practice to evaluate all sources with a critical eye. Factors influencing the reliability of genealogical information include: the knowledge of the informant (or writer); the bias and mental state of the informant (or writer) think about men joining the armed forces who were under age and put their age up a year or two so that they could be with friends and family on the “great adventure”.

How literate the writer and or the teller of information is (A few generations ago, literacy was not as widespread as it is now, consequently names of people and places were often miss-spelled), plus the passage of time and the potential for copying and compiling errors especially with the fading of inks and how hard it is to read the hand writing often leads to mistakes.