Amy Johnson Crow challenges us to remember our ancestors and their families through this task: 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks. I completed '52 Ancestors' in 2014 & here I go again. This post is in response to that challenge. The topic for this week is ‘CHALLENGE.
52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: CHALLENGE
Researching the surname BROWN is a CHALLENGE. I believe I can go into any library, select a genealogy reference book off a shelf and find Brown in the index. The name is too common.
The problem is I must find the Browns who connect to my family. I have added 159 Browns to my Family Tree Maker program. They are spread over time, beginning in 1730 to today. They are spread over several states: North Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi, Ohio and New York. They have been farmers, mechanics, millwrights, soldiers and more.
Therefore, it is difficult to eliminate Browns who do not connect. I need to read through all those reference books & look at the details before I can find the‘correct’Browns.
If there is a unique Brown who went his own, who started a branch of the family in a different state, it is likely I will not find him.
Researching for Brown, my maiden name, is definitely a CHALLENGE.