Sometimes in our ancestral research, we will come across a forebear with a common surname. It's tempting to fling our hands up in surrender and move on to another line; however, there are techniques that can help us to keep up with our own Smiths, Joneses and even those Johnsons.
Gail Blankenau is an experienced genealogist, speaker and author. Her publications include articles in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register and The Genealogist. She is also a contributor to Family Chronicle and Internet Genealogy magazines. Based in Nebraska, she specializes in Nebraska records, Midwestern roots, German genealogy, land records, 19th-Century photographs and tracing lineages. More than half her ancestors came from New England, but she has roots in almost every state east of the Mississippi.