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Tennessee Family Mysteries

Allen Strain and Jane Higgins
Entries in Allen Strain's family bible which
record the deaths of Michael and Jennet
Higgins, and two of their children.

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 submit more if you like!

Tennessee figures in family history in the Strain family, who migrated from Augusta and Rockbridge counties in Virginia down the Shenandoah Valley to Blount Co., Tennessee. Information on this family comes almost exclusively from their family Bible, which while wonderful provides little context. The history of this family provides one of the more difficult puzzles to access.


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

2. Other puzzles. Names and dates are just data. Turning them into stories is how they make sense. Here is one problem I've come across:

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