Keeping track of my research on my personal family tree is an ongoing project in itself. It is very easy to get sidetracked (oooh, look at that document!) while trying to focus on a single individual and research question.
I spent much of the last year focusing on my Shelton ancestors. At the beginning of 2016, they were the family I knew the least about. I had the fewest documented facts about them. I could only go back one generation past my Shelton grandmother. A year makes quite a difference. My Shelton ancestors are now perhaps the best documented part of my tree.
And now I'm faced with the question: Do I continue working on the Shelton line or do I spend time on other branches of my ancestry? To help make up my mind, I decided to write a genealogical summary of what I have documented for each of my four major lines of research. The results of that effort show I definitely have gaps in my documentation.
The summary for the Shelton line contains three generations ending with my great-grandfather. The documentation includes census records, vital records, and court records.
- Isaac Z Shelton (abt. 1847 - 1929) and Amanda Pruitt (abt. 1853 - 1940)
- Isaac Denton Shelton (1892 - 1924) and Margaret Adelia Rice (abt. 1886 - 1972)
- George Alvin Shelton (1907 - 1998) and Vesta Estelle Hudson (1912 - 1991)
- Jean-Baptiste Desjarlais (abt. 1842 - ?) and Eugenie (abt. 1845 - ?)
- Edouard Alma Desjarlais (abt. 1866 - ?) and Azama May Joubert (abt. 1865 - ?)
- Eugene Alphonse Desjarlais (abt. 1897 - ?) and Elodia Varin (1898 - ?)
- Franz Cziske (1835 - before 1900) and Justina Malest (after 1839 - 1926)
- John Ciske (1871 - 1876) and Christina Schubert (1865 - 1950)
- Gerald Lawrence Ciske (1901 - 1990) and Leona Strelow (1906 - 1998)
- Edward T Ratzman (? - ?) and Alice Sailer (? - ?)
- Gordon Edward Ratzman (abt. 1907 - ?) and Margaret Boelter (abt. 1908 - ?)
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