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Kentucky Family Mysteries


One of the enjoyable aspects of genealogy, or any archival research, is solving puzzles. And because genealogy is clearly interactive, here are a few for you to work with. Feel free to ask questions that might open more.

Kentucky—and especially Germantown—figures in family history at several points. The Hamilton, Mannen, Pollock, and Savage families on this tree moved from various Virginia counties to Bracken and Mason Counties in Kentucky (in or near Germantown and Maysville, right on the Ohio River). Relatives in the Dye family, from another part of the tree, also lived there in the nineteenth century.

Pollock Bible
A leaf from Sally Pollock's Bible
showing her children's birthdates.

Post-immigration ancestors. Shouldn't it be possible to identify all American ancestry? Here are some problems: