Hubby’s grandmother was Julia Coursault Deyoe. Her death certificate shows her father as Charles Coursault from the
USA and her mother as simply Apolina from .
Nowhere had I been able to find more information on Apolina until … England
Last October I did a broad search for Coursaults in the Pennsylvania Death Certificate database on Ancestry.com. I already knew her siblings’ names since I had followed the family through the census records. I found the death certificate for her brother, Francis Coursault. Their sister Catherine (also spelled Kathryn), who married George Bonner, was the informant and listed their mother as Apolina Morrill.
Had I not thought to (pun intended) branch out, I would still be beating my head against the wall on that line! By finding that piece of the puzzle, I have been able to go back one more generation to her parents – Issac and Mary Morrill.
I’ve had similar finds doing this on other lines as well. Always treat collateral ancestors as potential leads!
Week 7 – Software and digitizing
Week 6 – Evaluating Evidence
Week 5 - Research and Citations
Week 4 – Managing projects
Week 3 - tracking research and conducting research
Week 2 - set research goals, self interviews, and family interviews
Genealogy Do-Over is a 13 week challenge from Thomas MacEntee, of GeneaBloggers.
© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015