Finding "Ordinary" Folk
I have been researching my line and my husband's line for many years. Since I knew more about my mother's line, I chose that one first. I have two dead ends there.
The Bryants go back to 1777 with the birth of William Abner Bryant. His parents were born in a foreign country.
The Young family goes back to 1755 to Michael Young. I was told recently that his people were German, and he was born in NC. I know at least one son was.
So I went to other ancestors and got better results.
The Wirts family is another large wall. I think the name was originally Werts/Wirtz, take your choice, so far I go back to my Great Grandfather who is buried not
three miles from me, as is my grandfather and grandmother. I have tried everything but a want ad in our newspaper. However, my grandmother, was blessed to
be born of a mother who was a Quaker or Friend. That line was a joy to research as I had so much luck in tracing back, way back.
So, there are brick walls, and there are great rewards. In all these years, I have learned not only about my family, which is wonderful, but more about history and what
people went through in the early part of this country. Without all those [brave or foolish] people, I wouldn't be here.
I have tried not to take information at face value. I did early on and was annoyed at following incorrect information. Some info. is easy to put two and two and get four, but other times, you wonder.