I recently realized that I needed to focus more on researching more recent ancestors. I was listening to a podcast that mentioned that the problem with AncestryDNA matching is that many people have taken it and their trees are very incomplete. Thus making it impossible to do a match even if you are coming out as second cousins.
She went on to say that she still had to meet anyone that had all their 64 great grandparents on their sixth generation. I honestly though I had all of them so I checked and was surprised.
Here is the deal, my surprise was that I was missing 10, my goal is to go back generation by generation and try to fill in the missing ancestors that I have. I thought what if I focus the way I should be focusing on finding my ancestors like I do for clients. I might just find those missing ancestors.
My first goal was to identify my missing ancestors and an easy way to do that was to print a fan chart. I used the fan chart option available from my Family Tree Software. I went back five generations (3rd great grandparents) and I had all of my 32 ancestors. This quickly changed with my 6th generation. I am missing 10 out of my 64 ancestors. Not bad, but here is where my quest begins.
My 6 Generation Chart:
In the next couple of months I will re-evaluate the information that I have and search for new information. I will try and get a complete family family structure in the hopes of uncovering new clues and hopefully finding my 10 missing ancestors.
I will first start with my 3rd great grandparents Guadalupe Ramirez and Antonia Martinez. my goal is to find out whom their parents where.
This is what I know about Guadalupe Ramirez and Antonia Martinez:
- They lived in the Mier and Los Aldamas area.
- Parents to my 2nd great grandmother Leandra Ramirez
Hopefully I will be able to find them but only God knows since in some instances It has taken years to locate a particular ancestor. Once I exhaust all my efforts with this couple I will move on to trying to locate the parents of Fernando Zamora and Marta Garza also my 3rd great grandparents. This is what I know about Fernando Zamora and Marta Garza:
- Lived and died in Cadereyta Jimenez – Know this form a document that mentions it as such.
- Parents to my 2nd great grandfather Gabino Zamora
After them I will try and find the parents of my 3rd great grandfather Tiburcio Mendoza. This is what I know about Tiburcio Mendoza:
- Was from Ojuelos Zacatecas and or Ojuelos Jalisco.
- Married to my 3rd great grandmother Lorenza Mireles
I think this last one will be harder form me since I have no experience with researching Zacatecas nor Jalisco. My Question to You?
My question to you is. How many of your 4th great grandparents are you missing? Are you focusing on filling the gaps on every generation or are you being distracted by more distant ancestors?
As for me, as I mentioned before I will focus into trying to fill in the gaps on every generation and as I do I will be documenting my efforts and by all means if I miss something and or you have any suggestions please let me know.
If you decide to do the same thing that I am going to do let me know.