Friday, March 25, 2016
Field Notes: Where There's A Will
Well, the genealogy fairies smiled brightly upon me yesterday morning.
Taking another pass on Ancestry yesterday, I decided to wing a search with as many wildcards as it would let me.
Turns out that was a fine idea.
It brought me to the ACTUAL will papers. The ones actually signed by my 5th great grandfather when he was alive. Not the will alone (which is a 'copy' anyway), not the probate records - there are two separate 'copies' of those, by the way. Nope. Yesterday I was presented with the Holy Grail. The will AND the papers.
I can now, finally, connect the dots, put the family in order, and definitively declare I have found my 5th great grandfather!
I'll be writing this up later today with sources and photos. It's an interesting story. I'm so excited!
Never give up.