Do people really trace their family trees back that far?
April 28, 2011 6:31 AM Subscribe
Do people really trace their family trees back that far? I'm pretty much dead-ended in the 1850s.
posted by smackfu to Society & Culture (52 answers total) 29 users marked this as a favorite
Here's my experience in doing research as a 4th gen immigrant American:
1930-present: pretty easy since these are people's grandparents and living people know the facts you need
~1870-1930: census records are available every 10 years that cover the people here pretty well, although there are some big gaps
before 1870: the barriers moving to this level seem huge, since the scant records that do exist are often only on paper in a foreign country
So I'm wondering how these "serious" genealogists do it. Is it that they have more history in the US, like the DAR, so it is somewhat easier?