Connecting Family MembersBy Jeannette Holland Austin
Every genealogist encounters difficulties in tracing the ancestors. One prevalent issue is the marriage record. Although all marriage records were not recorded, another means of locating the name of the husband of a daughter (for example) would be to examine the will and estate of the child's father, especially the vouchers, receipts and annual returns. It was not customary for a married daughter to inherit, and this means that her husband took possession of her portion. Watch carefully the names of those who purchase items from estate sales and the receipts filed along with the Annual Returns. Also, the names of all grandchildren should be properly identified with their parents. The reason is that this information could easily disclose the father that a daughter was married more than once.
Index to North Carolina Wills and Estates
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