Collateral Lines, is that what they are called? Correct me if I am wrong but a collateral ancestor is one not of direct descent but from the same ancestor stock! In other words, instead of just checking your grandfather why not check out your great-aunt and great-uncles. Some of their information can help you to verify something missing in your grandfather’s files.
When I first started researching I couldn’t find any of my aunts or uncles who really knew much about their father, mother or any further back. I almost gave up! It was through sheer luck that I happened upon someone who was able to help me. Life could have been easier on me if I would have chosen to check out my collateral lines. I did know that my grandfather had two sisters and a brother. None of them were living at the time and I didn’t know any of their families. If I would have just taken the time to check out my great-aunt’s obituary I would have found all the help I needed to get started. Here is the transcript of it:
“Funeral services for Harriett Cornelia Wisdom, 87, of Karnack were held at 2 p.m. today in Karnack United Methodist Church with the Rev. L. A. Reavis Jr. and the Rev. Wayne Spanhanks officiating, Burial will be in Pope City Cemetery, Woodlawn, under direction of Sullivan Family of Funeral Directors.
Mrs. Wisdom died at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 1. 1983, in Merritt Plaza Nursing Home after an extended illness.
She was born August 18, 1895, in Omro, Wis., the daughter of Archibald Edelbert Forbes and Adelaide Eliza Beal. She attended Neilsville, Wis., public schools and was a homemaker. Mrs. Wisdom was a member of Karnack United Methodist Church and a former member of the Karnack Home Demo. Club and active in several church organizations.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Beulah Gibbs in 1952.
Survivors include two sons, Jesse Wisdom of Jefferson and Homer Wisdom of Karnack; two daughters, Mrs. Charter (Sylvia) Bishop of Karnack and Mrs. Jesse (Dorothy) Cates of Fresno, Calif; one brother, William Forbes of Woodlawn; one sister, Mrs. Floyd (Addie) Carwile of Lodi; 21 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.”
Now, how much easier would it have been on me if I would have just chosen to look this up? I knew where she was buried and the obituary was easy to get. I could have been well on my way but I just didn’t think looking at my great-aunt would help me any.
I know I don’t have many readers but for those who do read, please take my advice and never be afraid to do a little research on your collateral ancestors. You never know what you might find!