When faced with a challenging research problem, expanding the search to records of the subject’s family, friends, and associates frequently will bring a solution. One of the most effective paths is through a person’s siblings. If a person’s own records fail to name parents, a sibling’s records could directly state their names or offer clues to help make the connection. This approach was successfully used by Paul K. Graham, CG, to locate a birth family for one of his subjects. His March 2013 National Genealogical Society Quarterly article, “A Family for Florence I. (Crouse) Nelson: Unraveling an Informal Adoption in Missouri or Indiana,” explains the case.
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