posted on October 8, 2011
adhd, probably so, lol.
DAR might help you too.
findagrave also misses a lot of cemeteries. and sometimes people are not recorded if people cannot read their gravestone. many never contact the cemetery office to see if there is a map or index of graves.
ancestry does have a way of making a book of your ancestors. i think they do a four generation template. and you can put stories on your ancestors by adding a story in your media.
you might find an obituary for cynthia collinger? sources for historical newspapers are your public library, interlibrary loan program. or state archives or state historical societies. death certificate or marriage certificate, maybe state archives or state vital records. you might try to read the local newspaper for news of the family. maybe a marriage, birth, death or move?
how about the children’s birth certificates. do they list her maiden name? does their death certificate list her?
maybe a county record for estate, land record, court record.
the transcription might be difficult because it was a transcript of a court hearing. people didn’t have stenography machines. and you don’t know if martha was literate.
btw, i list two surnames on ancestry, if i am uncertain or there is a common misspelling.
rootsweb has webprojects for surnames, locations, tribes, cemetery and marriage records. and rootsweb and genealogy.com has messageboards for surnames, locations and tribes. rootsweb also has email lists for these topics too.
i use the ancestry wildcard option for searching, like cyn* or sin* and sometimes the soundex spelling.
and if i know where people should be i sometimes search by location and first name.