X marks the Spot!

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The genealogical process is exciting and frustrating, happy and sad, all wrapped up in one complex adventure. The importance of context is critical to undertaking genealogical research; it’s not just about a name on a family tree. The discovery of a new ancestor and / or a new generation, piercing history as you go, is exciting and can keep the momentum and enthusiasm going. But, ‘exploring sideways’ is important. By this, I mean exploring those ancestors who are not in the direct lineage: who are the witnesses at baptisms and marriages? who are the non-direct family members married in to the family? what about their parents, grandparents and any siblings or children? Exploring the social context – residence, employment and health – can also provide invaluable insight to the research, bringing to life ancestors we never knew. Family pictures, letters, records, possessions and so on can also provide valuable information. These lists are not exhaustive, but are important to understand the broader genealogical picture.

A recent post on the Families in British India Society (FIBIS) website, highlighted this key message: social context is vital in genealogical research. The post is about an interesting discovery of a family letter, which contained much more than a first glimpse may have yielded. The introduction to the post is below, to read more follow the link.

The family names in the post, Wharton, may also be of further relevance to the Anglo-Indian Project, given the Wharton lineage.


Families in British India Society (FIBIS) post by Beverly

A recent research enquiry from a FIBIS member highlighted an interesting aspect of general family history. A letter was held dated July 1868 written by John Wharton of Aberford, England an elderly man of 93 years, to his grandson in India. It was addressed “My dear Grandson” and the problem was to establish to whom the letter was written and find where both men sat on the family tree…

Read more here: https://www.fibis.org/x-marks-the-spot/ 


For resources to support your genealogical research, see: AIP Genealogical Resources

Cover picture credit: Pixabay


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6 thoughts on “X marks the Spot!

  1. Totally agree Dan, the sideways shift will draw in more of the culture and circumstances in which your descendants lived. I look forward to reading about your discoveries.

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