I have learned this tip several times in my research history. I was reminded AGAIN this past week. The scene is me sitting in my family room watching TV with my tablet in hand. I was not watching anything in particular and decided to take a look a look at the Ancestry App. In a tangential genealogist (check out this link for a definition) mood, I let myself be sucked in by those green shaky leaves. I have not put a lot of time into accepting or ignoring the suggestions by Ancestry. Most of the time they lead to records I already have documented in my software. All of my dead people have those shaky green leaves screaming at me to give them attention.
A click into the black hole of green leaves lead to a list of people who have suggestions. I immediately zoned in on Emma Dovel. She was the first wife of my g-g-grandfather, Abraham Strickler. She died young and there are not many records available for her. I have been trying for years to find out where Emma died.
The previous information was light at best. Her son’s obituary said that she had passed away in Kansas City as the family was traveling west. I did not have an exact location or date. I only knew that Abraham and David W (without Emma) were living with Emma’s mother in the 1880 census in Page County, Virginia. Since David Walter was born in 1876 that left a 4 year gap in information.
I have searched Find A Grave in the past with no luck for Emma. Guess what the first hint on that shaky green leaf was?! A link to the gravestone photo for Emma Dovel Strickler.
Died August 11, 1878
Aged 25 yrs
8 mos & 8 dys
Along with birth and death dates, I now know Emma was in Nemaha County, Nebraska when she passed away. She is buried in the Kite family cemetery. This name is familiar to me as one of the usual suspects in Page County, Virginia. My first hypothesis is that Emma has a sibling who married a Kite and they traveled west together. I will have to do some further research of the other burials in the same cemetery to determine just how Emma and Abraham were related to this group. I also need to check what sources are available for Nemaha County. There may be additional information about Abraham and David Walter there.
So check again, and again, and again for information you cannot locate. You never know when and where you will find what you are looking for.