The other day I was showing my husband Troy what I was working on...starting to investigate the Taylor Family. He asked how many generations back I had for his various lines and I showed him. On his mother's side (which I haven't even begun to look at) he had up to 9 generations back! On his father's side, I told him that any of the names we had I had personally added to the database - no one had given me anything to work with. So, his Lund side which I have already researched extensively (although there is always more work to do) went back 6 generations. His Taylor line...not so much. So, looking at the pedigree he asked about one man in particular - "Who is Joseph Taylor?"
As you can see I didn't know Joseph's parents...he's was the end of the line. When I opened up his person window, here's all I had:
I was trying to show Troy right then how I go about researching people and thought I might try to find Joseph Taylor with his daughter Ada Rose in a census. I knew a lot more about Ada -
Perhaps Joseph Taylor had already died by now?!
My next step was to go to the local Family History Center and download the original image.
Note: Why not just search for Joseph in the 1870 census. Here was my reasoning - I know nothing about him except his name, that he was born in Kentucky (and I knew that only according to his daughter Ada's death certificate which her husband filled out, and a census that may or may not be accurate) I have no idea how old he is or where he would have been living in 1870. I believe his wife's name is Hannah, but how many Joseph Taylor's married to a Hannah might there be in the 1870 census? So I thought I better exhaust the 1880 census before moving on.
To be continued .... can you hardly stand it?