This week the theme is described as “Oops – We all make mistakes. This week, consider writing about a mistake that an ancestor made or that you’ve made in your research.” Well, I recently spent a whole week exploring a big “oops” in my family tree.
Adding to the misery of 2020, I found a while back that the research linking my ancestry to taffeltackäre Johan Hultman (d. 1735) is almost certainly in error or possibly even fabricated.
I had the mistaken impression that other relatives had already done all the research on these two families. As it turns out, the other researchers had indeed built fairly complete family trees, but I’ve been able to track down some good stories these past several weeks. Here’s a wrap-up.
Before we get going with the “epilogue”, I wanted to first share some excerpts from Louis Hanson’s Homestead Application which I received from the National Archives today. It allows us to fine-tune the timeline on Louis’ and Lisa Stina’s migration from Illinois to Kansas.
Although Edward had made a life for himself in Saunders County, Nebraska, he still maintained close contact with his family back in Kansas. Here’s an interesting fact: to get from Ceresco to Randolph, you go south on Highway 77 and stay on it for 130 miles. That’s all there is to it!