IN SEARCH OF

WILLIAM CAMPBELL

WILLIAM CAMPBELL (1819-1897) was my maternal great great grandfather. The genealogical search to identify him, his wives, children and descendants has taken almost twenty years and thrown up many of the common barriers that genealogists encounter as they work to unravel their family history. Hence, this search illustrates good examples of several techniques that can be used to explore one's genealogy.

Events on the Research Timeline

ASK YOUR FAMILY: unsure of first name, wife, children / married twice to sisters
FAMILY MEMBERS DECEASED: everyone who met GG Grandfather has died
CHANGE FOCUS: research WICKSON line / put CAMPBELL on hold
ENGAGE FAMILY DOCUMENTS: ask everyone to watch for documents / wait
DOCUMENTS DISCOVERED: Betty W / Marjorie D find old documents
EXPLORE INFORMATION: William CAMPBELL / married SIDEY sisters
VALIDATE DETAILS: infant death / visit cemetery / discuss details with family
FORMULATE CONCLUSIONS: tombstone checks out / documents are accurate
INTERNET CONFIRMATION: Peter Smith-RootsWeb / first wife is HAVENS
IDENTIFY PROBLEM: first wife's maiden name / SIDEY (vs) HAVENS
SEARCH ON INTERNET: Ancestry / Family Search / RootsWeb / Google
CEMETERY FINDING AID: identify clusters of HAVENS graves
CANADA 411: locate phone numbers for HAVENS "cold calls"
TELEPHONE INTERVIEW: discuss HAVENS generalogy
RELATED DOCUMENTS: HAVENS family history / reference to books
CREATE CLUSTER GENEALOGIES: family history of siblings/relatives
ONTARIO GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: Norfolk and Quinte Branches
FINAL CONCLUSION: Willliam CAMPBELL (m) Sarah Ann HAVENS (1845)
IDENTIFY PROBLEM: William CAMPBELL's parents and family in Scotland
CAMPBELL-ISAAC GENEALOGY PROJECT: review submitted genealogies
RESEARCH NETWORK: census / vital statistics / land records / newspapers