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August 10th, 2015:

Searching Collateral Lines: Finding the Children or Siblings of Our Ancestors

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picture of the Jesse Franklin Eller Family of Wilkes County about 1884

Family of Jesse Franklin Eller and Mary Ann Laxton, Wilkes County c. 1884. From collection of the Bradford Family

Many times when researching our ancestors, we are looking only at the direct line rather than also searching other children. The children/siblings of ancestors are collateral lines. One method of genealogy to help break brick walls is to search the collateral lines for clues.

A little bit about the picture above, this is from my personal research and is the family of my great grandmother with her parents and some of her siblings. This is Mollie Evelyn Eller (little girl standing in the front) about age 3 at the time. She was born in 1881. I thought this was a great picture to go with this topic. It looks like a big family, 8 kids, but there were 12 kids in all – the youngest child was born about a year after this photo was taken. So let’s dig in!


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