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Family History: Looking for someone?

Family history researchers are often curious about someone in their ancestry for whom they can find no information.

The quest for information for that individual becomes the family mystery. As researchers, we feel that finding that elusive data will provide another piece of our family tree puzzle.

Even though we've accessed every available research tool (including searching for our uncommon names on Facebook and Twitter), we may still run into a brick wall. So what can we do to broaden our search?

Genealogy forums and special interest discussion groups are useful places to ask for help, while MyHeritage's own Smart Matches™ are a useful tool to uncover information and relatives.

For whom are you looking? Grandparents, great-grandparents or contemporary cousins? Have you discovered family through Smart Matches?

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  1. Yes seems my paternal grandmothers line. Both her paternal and maternal up to my great great great grandparents I have but from there I have found nothing. I need to get into German records to be able to find them so I will have to use films. I ahve not been able to find them on any smart matches either.
  2. I am searching for information about my Great grandparents:
    John Lloyd from Wales married Mary Ann Price in Wales. Came to Nebraska... Lived in Thayer / worked in York
  3. looking for noah
  4. I have a couple of "brick wall" folk that I am looking for, so far unsuccessfully. both in the same generation.

    One is my GrGrGrandfather William McCauley. I have records of him with his wife and their family. census records and basically all records show that he was born in Philadelphia PA, 14 Jan 1845. he served in the Civil War, in the 124 IL Infantry. his death certificate even lists his father's name as Thomas McCauley. that is the ONLY place I can find a reference to a parent, and I don't know for sure that it is correct. finding a Thomas McCauley, who according to the census data was born in Ireland, with a wife either born in Scotland or Ireland, and a son named William McCauley, in Philadelphia at that time is the proverbial needle in a hay stack!!!

    secondly I have my GrGrGrandmother, Marie Angelique/Angeline Fontaine/La Fortune. and yes... the fact that her French Canadian names are spelled in different ways, or perhaps are dit names? makes it all the more difficult to find her family of origin. again, we find her with her husband and find them both listed as parents of their children. censuses usually list her as born in Canada, ca 1817 tho one of her son's censuses listed her as born in NY, I think in error. her parents are always listed as born in Fr Canada. she married Joseph Breau/Brehio/Brion, and they lived in Keeseville NY, but the records there were lost in a fire. I don't know if they were married there or in Canada? their son, my GrGrandfather, was born in Keeseville, NY. they are buried there. however, she died in Winchendon, MA in 1899, where her family had moved by then.

    I have already found other people looking for, at least Marie Angelique. what I am really anxious to find is the families of origin of these brick wall folk, so I can continue to move on back! we are all stuck at the same place.
  5. Where do you search for a relative, who was born Louise Drew born Lewisham 1905, married 1927 to Henry Edward Low they emigrated to Black Rock Victoria Melbourne in 1957. on the Himalaya. I have even been to my Aunts address in Black Rock on a visit to Australia but it was empty. Henry died in 197l on a cruise Melbourne to Sidney and was buried at sea. I have looked everywhere for her did she get married again?
  6. Looking for my Ggrandmother, Icybuda or Isabenda Richardson or Richeson.....Family history says she was part Indian although we do not know for sure or tribal affiliation. ...;may have been born in Glendale, Monroe County, Wisconsin early 1800..Wisconsin records state that prior to 1907 law did not require filing births, etc.she was the.lst wife of Lafayette Stevens....mother of George Dewane Stevens b. 1856 (my grandfather) and Charles Edward Stevens.b.1860..was married second time to a Tindall..but we can find no records of any of this
  7. Looking for GRGRGrandfather John Bateman, born in Ireland and came to USA married Catherine Cooney. Sone, Frank Albert, Thomas, Patrick,Henry,And Patrick. One daughter Mary anne. Been stonewalled for years.
  8. im looking for RENSKA MYBURGH..SHE WAS /IS...MY BIOLOGICAL MOTHER. I WAS BORN IN CAPE TOWN, 5 th of december, 1965. in MOWBRAY MATERNITY HOSPITAL . SHE [MY BIRTHMOTHER] REGISTERED ME AS ''' AMANDA''. RENSKA HAS TWO BROTHERS , LIVED IN EPPING ,CAPE TOWN AT THE TIME. [ ENLISTED AN SOCIAL WORKER TO LOOK FOR HER, LOTS OF DEAD ENDS...]
  9. Yes i have been trying to trace down my ancestry for a while. My grandfather on my fathers side unfortunately changed his name. His Australian name was Thomas George Adams married to Dorothy Hampshire. They had six children together one of them being my father William George Adams b:11/11/1920 and d:10/02/1981. I understood that his surname could of been Brew or Braun of Geman descent. If their is anybody out there who would know of him please contact me L.Gettens(nee Adams) on my email address leoniegettens@yahoo.com.au, Thankyou.
  10. Is their anyone connected to the late Thomas George Adams and Dorothy nee Hampshire. The six children named William George, Patricia, Noreen, James Dorothy and Tommy. Please will you get in contact at leoniegettens@yahoo.com.au. i am so desperate to get in contact with any relatives who are related to the late Thomas George Adams around 1900'S.Thankyou
  11. I am searching for any information on a different Thomas George Adams. born 1835 Portsea Hampshire..son of John William Adams and Susanna (Fabian) Adams...they arrived in South Australia on HMS Buffalo in 1836.
    Has anyone letters from this family that could shed light on the family in Hampshire England....

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