Ancestral Clues and Lessons: Samuel Neill (1838-1912)

This is part of a series of short posts focusing on what I have learned about research (or life in general) from an ancestor. These may or may not be entirely serious. We will leave up to the reader to decide–after all, research is about evaluation of evidence 😉 )

Samuel Neill (1838/1839 County Derry, Ireland–1912 St. Albans Township).

Lessons and reminders from researching Samuel:

  • Names can get spelled incorrectly.
  • Probate packets that you think are “missing” may “appear” when microfilm or digital images are made of the records.
  • Never assume that you know what’s wrong in the obituary and what is right.
  • Three out of your eight children can marry into the same family. Pay close attention to who your neighbors are when you settle into a new place. Close attention. They may end up being your grandchildren’s other set of grandparents.

My ancestor table can be viewed on my site.


2 thoughts on “Ancestral Clues and Lessons: Samuel Neill (1838-1912)

    • It happens! Three of Samuel’s children married into the same family. Two of his children married siblings. The other child married a first cousin of the other two.

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