by Dawne

What happens when you have looked at every record you can find that was generated by your immigrant ancestor and his children and you still haven’t determined his place of origin in the Old Country? Use a family tree metaphor and branch out! Study your ancestor’s siblings, cousins, neighbors and associates. According to Debbie Mieszala, CG (sm), nationally acclaimed genealogical speaker, “Crucial information on direct ancestors is often found by nosing into the lives of collateral relatives, associates and neighbors.” Families traveled together as they migrated across the country, and even from other countries to the United States. The key to the information you are seeking about your direct ancestor may be in a record created by his first cousin’s grandson!

Debbie Mieszala will be at the Allen County Public Library Saturday, April 28, to present “Lessons from a Snoop: Collaterals and Associates,” along with three other lectures, to attendees at the 2012 Indiana Genealogical Society Conference. The event also includes a second track of lectures and the society’s annual meeting and presentation of inductees into the Society of Civil War Families of Indiana and the Indiana Territorial Guard. It is open to the public.

Cost is $30 for IGS members and $40 for non-members. To register online or print a registration form, visit the IGS website.