Adams Research: Wrap Up and Final Comments

My Adams project is completed, as least for the time being.

Many months of compiling and updating information had caused my original document of just under 50 pages to balloon to a bit under 300 pages.

I’ve now posted all the known descendants I could find down through the 3X great grandchildren of Loyalist John Adams from Fairfield County, Connecticut and his wife, Sarah Coley, who gave up family, friends and home when they sailed for New Brunswick, Canada in the Fall Fleet of 1783.

No, I didn’t include footnotes or sources as I would never have finished compiling the data.

The posts are meant to be a GUIDEBOOK for further research. While I don’t believe there are any massively critical errors presented in the family sketches, there might well be some typographical errors which eluded me.

There are a number of descendants who presented themselves as dead ends, at least for now. Some of these are American families, but quite honestly, many are Canadian as they had the misfortune to be untraceable after the most currently accessible 1921 census.

I do want to explain my methodology and the process I used to update all this information.

  1. I began with my original Word document from the late 1990s. I was able to add some details to early generations and delete a few people from others because I’ve come to the conclusion that a handful of people were erroneously placed one generation earlier than where they actually belonged.
  2. Next, I used the FamilySearch family tree as my base for acquiring new information. No, I didn’t just copy and paste information from it. Instead, I compared the online family tree with information I gleaned from Ancestry, MyHeritage, the U.S. census, the Canadian censuses (free online from Library and Archives Canada) and, because so many family members were in New Brunswick, I found the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick’s Federated Database Search invaluable for filling in otherwise inaccessible Canadian records.
  3. In addition to censuses and vital records online, further clues were found – such as where a family migrated and who someone married – in online trees other than FamilySearch.
  4. Find-a-Grave was extremely helpful in locating death dates (on gravestones that were photographed) and for providing transcriptions of obituaries of those who died in the past 30 or so years.
  5. Although living people are privatized, I learned something quite by accident. The bride and or groom might still be living today and his/her name isn’t visible in the online tree. HOWEVER, if their marriage record is digitally available through Ancestry, it is linked to the family tree and gives the names, wedding date and often the ages of the groom and bride. By clicking, I identified quite a few spouses who are still living because the marriage record is linked to the tree.

So, I pretty much was able to add well over 200 pages of new information to my original file by carefully using FamilySearch, Ancestry, MyHeritage, Find-a-Grave, the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick and Google searches, checking and verifying information for myself.

If you are an Adams descendant – and as one can see, there are thousands of us – please please a comment and let me know how you fit into the family tree.

I’m more than happy to share an abridged version of my Word document which continues with the 4X, 6X and more generations, but which omits the names of living cousins.

One thought on “Adams Research: Wrap Up and Final Comments”

  1. What a project! Congratulations. And thanks for explaining your methodology, always interesting because I get new ideas for my own genealogy research.

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