Here is a Halloween Eve Challenge for all of you.
Think of all of the "skeletons in your closet". You know, the black sheep, the convicts, the spicy ones. Do you have those in mind?
Let me help with some examples.
Anyone that was arrested, fined, jailed, did any time at all. They should be on your list.
Anyone who had babies that they placed for adoption. Anyone that was placed for adoption. (Nothing wrong with adoption, I am in that triangle at all sides, but there was a time when there was a lot of shame going on.)
Anyone who was a ward of the state, the court, the city. Anyone who resided in an orphanage, a county home or anything that was not a familial home.
Anyone who had children out of wedlock and parented them.
Anyone who died from anything unusual. (gunshot wounds, knife wounds, abortions, unusual injuries.)
Anyone who was involved in unusual car accidents. (Car versus train. Car versus river or bed of water, car versus horse, etc.)
Anyone who was committed to a sanitarium or asylum.
Anyone who was a fugitive of justice.
Anyone who left their country on the run and came to a different country.
Anyone who was in a debtors prison.
These are only some of the reasons that a person might have a record for you to look for. If you have heard stories, see if looking them up online is something that you are available to do. You could uncover amazing amounts of information about a person who is a relative. I found a grandparent's records for when he was in prison. It listed his physical appearance, home address, next of kin, what his charges were and how he behaved in prison as well as accounts of money coming in and going out of his bank account there in prison.
Additionally, when he was deceased, that was also listed, as well as the exact date and what he died of. Those records were very valuable for breaking down a brick wall in research. Share your brick wall stories with me at PirateDixie@gmail.com