Saturday, December 17, 2011
Where did your ancestors live?
That's exactly what my grandfather did! My father recently found two pages where his father listed every place he had ever lived, from the time he was born to where he settled later in his life. The last location on the list is where he lived until he passed away. The list covers 92 years.
I learned some interesting things from the list. Apparently he lived in New York state several times, for a total of about five years, which I had not known. One of the more intriguing entries is for 1928-1929: "Traveling thru west no perm. Add." Besides the obvious curiosity factor -- where exactly was the "west" and what was he doing? -- at that time he was married and had two children. Where were his wife and daughters? Did he just up and leave them? Did they go with him?
I'm not entirely taking him at his word, however. I've already noticed that some of the information doesn't quite match up with other facts. For example, the list shows him leaving the city my youngest aunt was born in the year before she was born. Not impossible, of course, but it drew my attention. He could have the year wrong; he could have moved to a new job before she was born and they followed afterward.
So now I have a lot more places to look for information and records on my grandfather. I wish all of my ancestors had created a list like this!