I gave the Original Post Owner/ Diary holder the phone number for the living descendants I spoke with, and she messaged me back and said the lady I had spoken with ( and her son) sounded like she was about to cry because she was so happy! The lady I had spoken with on the phone, messaged me back after I sent her a pic of the post, and was shocked at how well kept the 151 year old diary was! she Said, "What a treasure!" She told me she wished her mother in law, who had passed away ( a few years ago I found), could have seen it. Her mother in law was the granddaughter of the original diary owner. She is quoted as saying, "My mother in law was a wonderful woman. Strong and fierce mother. And the best friend any could have. I love and miss her very much. Thank you for the connections. And I just spoke with ... Thank you again." The original post owner will be mailing them out the diary...again, such a cool find, and so glad I was able to reunite this 151 year old diary with her great grandchildren and her great great grandchildren!
So glad that I was able to track down the few living descendants to this awesome find posted in one of my Genealogy groups this morning, Family Treasures Found! This is an awesome Facebook Group that helps people reunite with lost items, and also posts a lot of photos they've found, in which you may find your family members! Check them out on Facebook! A diary! How cool is that! If my great great grandmother had a diary, I'd definitely love to have someone track me down and give it to me! It took me all but 15 minutes to track down all of her only living descendants, which weren't many...she had 3 children, and only 1 of them had children, and only 1 of those children, had children, thus the ONLY living descendants! All that in 15 minutes, but took me about another 45 minutes to find working numbers, as they were all disconnected, and A LOT of moving around, but finally got one of an ex, whose kids were all there when I called(in their 30's, not little kids )...they were so excited, and can't wait for the diary!!!!
Publishing Your Family History
Genealogy Jamboree 2021 | Publishing Your Family History | Diane Henriks
Jamboree is the largest "single society" conference in the U.S., and draws family historians and professional genealogists from all over the world!
Register for the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree 2021, and come hear my presentation on Publishing Your Family History! My presentation will be held on Friday June 11th. There will be so many wonderful speakers from all over, including Ancestry.com, MyHeritage.com, FamilySearch.org, FamilyTreeDNA.com,
FindaGrave.com, National Geographic Genographic Project, and many more!
Registration begins January 11th 2021!
Rule #3 of finding living descendants in your family tree: Fan out and rework your way forward again
Start with the 1st child of your starting ancestor, then fan out, and repeat with each child. Continue this process for each of their children, and do the same for siblings and possible siblings, while using the same research methods. As you get closer to living relatives, use public online directory records, genealogy message boards, alumni and school sites, public record search databases, public profile records/social media (my preferred method), Google and other search engines, or seek out a private investigator. Don't forget to document all you find on family group sheets! :)
Rule #2 of finding living descendants in your family tree: Work your way back to the starting ancestor
Trace the direct line back ONLY to the starting ancestor, while gathering any children/possible children and siblings/possible siblings as you go, but DO NOT focus on them. Do NOT use collected research, unless you hit a brick wall. If you do need to use it for a brick wall, then use it very loosely.
Rule #1 of finding living descendants in your family tree: Start with now!
Start with yourself or another direct descendant of a starting ancestor, and immediate relatives, and DO NOT use online resources yet. Record Everything you know, in a family tree drawn by hand.
Hi, I Am Diane Henriks, A Professional Genealogist And Investigator Who Uses Advanced Deductive Reasoning And Logical Constructs To Thoroughly Investigate A Case, With A Specialty In Finding Living Descendants In Family Trees, And Have Worked Closely With Private Investigators To Find Living People, While Also Sub Contracting As A Private Investigator On The Side For Heir Search, With A Few Criminal Investigations Thrown In. Although, My Day Job Is The One With The Steady Paycheck And Insurance! ;) I Have Been Researching Family History And Genealogy For The Past 11 Years. I Have Researched Many Of My Own Family Lines, As Well As That Of My Clients, And Am A Member Of APG And SCGS. Besides My Family of Course, My Absolute Favorite Things In the Whole World, And That Bring Excitement To Me, Are: Tea, Fog, Bridges, And Genealogy! I Was Asked By Genealogists At The Southern California Genealogical Society Years Ago To Publish My Works. What Started Out As A Small Hobby, When A Hand Drawn Family Tree Was Given To Me By My Father, Has Since Become A Great Obsession!