Today’s episode of Research Like a Pro is about a case study Diana wrote about the father of Mary French. Determining the maiden name and parents of a woman born in the late 1700s is one of the most difficult genealogical undertakings. Because women were not mentioned in many of the records of the era, few sources exist to prove their parentage. Combine that with record loss and the task becomes even more difficult. Descendants of Ignatius Bryan, born about 1775 in Maryland and died 1803 in Hardin County, Kentucky have long wondered about the origins of his wife Mary. Who was Mary’s father? No marriage record has yet been located for the couple and without a maiden name, it might seem impossible to prove a relationship between a woman and her parents. Fortunately, enough records have survived that when carefully analyzed; prove that Mary Ann, wife of Ignatius Bryan, is the daughter of James French of Hardin County, Kentucky.
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This was a great episode! It was very helpful to see how Diana walked through the report process step-by-step. I am in the middle of writing my first report now, and after listening to this episode I understand much better how to complete it. Love your podcast! I always learn something new!
Thanks for your comment and congratulations on writing your first report. That is a huge accomplishment! I’m so glad the episode was helpful.
This was a fantastic episode. I’ve been researching for about 8 years and have begun to put my research in the form of research questions. Your podcasts have helped a lot. I plan to take your course sometime in the near future.
We’d love to work with you in the course! Thanks for your kind words – so glad you’re enjoying the podcasts!