During both the California Gold Rush and the Alaska Gold Rush, miners were continually searching for the gold nugget or big strike.
Genealogists and family historians are not unlike those gold miners of old. We seek after nuggets of clues seeking for the gold mine of family information that adds to our tree. In some cases this information breaks down previous brick walls.
I was continuing my search for the marriage document of my 3rd Great-grandparents – William Robbins and Agnes Sloan – from Pennsylvania. I entered a parent search at http://www.familysearch.org. I found the marriage document of their son Morrison.
The document shows M. Robbins from Pennsylvania with parents Wm Robbins and Agnes Sloan married in June 1876 to Mrs. E. Ranger from London England with parents George Goodman and Frances Chambers.
To verify that I had the correct Morrison Robbins I did a search in http://www.ancestry.com of the 1880 Federal Census.
Sure enough, Morrison Robbins and wife Elizabeth were together as a family. Morrison was from Pennsylvania and Elizabeth from London.
There is verification of Morrison Robbins birth and death dates along with the note carved in stone “A Native of Westmoreland Co., PA.”
On the side of the stone with Elizabeth’s information I found my own “gold strike!”
The information on her stone states Elizabeth Ranger Robbins – born London, England on Dec.24, 1832. She married Richard Ranger Sept. 19, 1850. She married Morrison Robbins June 30, 1876. She died in New Orleans, LA. Feb. 13, 1912.
During my search I found verification of Morrison’s birth date & place and parents (to include mother’s maiden name) and death date. THE GOLD STRIKE was Elizabeth’s birth date & place and parents ( to include HER mother’s maiden name); both of her marriages including full names of husbands and dates of marriage and her death date and place.
I have been researching my family tree for over 30 years. Seldom have I found so much information, including photos of source documents, in such a short period of time. With the resources available today, both in libraries and online, family history gold nuggets and gold strikes are obtained easier and in a shorter period of time than ever before.
If you are searching for the missing clue to break down your brick wall, do not despair. Keep searching. The marriage record that started this search had been added online 8 March 2017. (Only 20 days ago!)
While the photos of the headstones had been added 26 Dec 2012, I was not aware that New Orleans cemeteries was where I should be looking. The 1880 Census has been available either on microfilm or digitally for several years, again I would not have had a reason to look at Jefferson Parish, Louisiana for any Robbins ancestors.
If the information you seek does not appear in library material or online, check back from time to time. Genealogy and family history materials are being published – in print or online – at an amazing rate. Your information may be available today or in the near future.
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