Indirect Evidence – A Case Study

Pauline C. Merrick
May 18, 2022
Free through May 25, 2022
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About this webinar

This Connecticut-based, indirect evidence case study will highlight techniques for researching a woman whose maiden name is known, but her parents are unknown due to deficiencies in the vital records. Techniques will be demonstrated that rely on forming hypotheses and gathering evidence to test those hypotheses. Thorough research of neighbors and associates (the FAN principle) will yield enough evidence to tie this woman back into her family. Records used include pre-1850 census records, deeds, probate, church, and court. Death records of family members provide the final clues that tie them all together.

About the speaker

About the speaker

Pauline C. Merrick has a lifelong interest in genealogy. She is the published author of a book and several magazine articles. She lectures on Connecticut research and DNA. She currently serves on the Board of Governors for the Connecticut Society
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    Irene Phillips
    7 days ago


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    Kellye Hawkins
    7 days ago

    Wonderfully clear, concise and with great examples.

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    Donna James
    7 days ago

    Very good presentation. Thank-you!

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    Meg Wiggins
    7 days ago

    This case study resonated very much with my own research cunundrums. I enjoyed watching the methods used and the pathways followed after each clue developed. It was really interesting! Thank you!

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    Adria Cummings
    7 days ago

    Phenomenal in and of itself but also a great tool for insights into one’s own research! A webinar worth viewing over and over again!

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    Jenny Marsden
    7 days ago

    Thorough research, easy to follow…speaker drew me into the family story. Ms. Merrick is an excellent addition to the Legacy Webinar Speaker ensemble. Well done!

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    Cynthia Ward
    7 days ago

    I have so many lines that are stuck back the 1700’s in Maryland that may solved by Negative evidence. Is there a way to contact her to get ideas of where to start?

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    Sharon Zingery
    7 days ago

    Clear. Logical order. Easy to follow the logic. Thorough. Presenter was easy to listen to. Finally got it that researching the whole family and following each member in detail can illuminate and illustrate what I need to know about my direct ancestor. Thanks so much!


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