Someone on The Organized Genealogist Facebook Group Page asked a very interesting question. She wanted to know how much effort you should put into researching siblings of your direct line. I gave a short answer but want to expand it a bit on the blog.
I try and get complete information on the siblings of my direct line ancestors. At the very least, full name, date and place of birth, full name of spouse, date and place of marriage, date and place of death and place of burial. Many times when you are researching a sibling you will find out more information about your direct line. The siblings share the same parents as your direct line ancestors do. For example, I was doing research for a client. The person of interest had five siblings. I requested death certificates for all six people. The names of both parents were listed on every death certificate EXCEPT on my client’s person of interest. If I hadn’t checked the siblings I wouldn’t have had that information. In this case it was very important because the parents died right after they came to this country and were not listed on any American census record. This is how I was able to figure out who the parents were and I was then able to track down more information on them.
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