If you’re stuck and can’t find your ancestor’s parents, try researching the siblings and other relatives.
Here are some suggestions to identify possible siblings:
- Baptismal records and marriage records often name the witnesses. Witnesses were typically close family members, such as siblings.
- Court records sometimes show several people buying or selling land together. These were often siblings.
- Collateral succession tax records may show your brick wall ancestor inheriting from a sibling, aunt, or uncle.
Once you have identified siblings, you can research them. Perhaps their records will mention their parents.