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.
Wow, what a resemblance between all of them. This reminds me of my husband’s maternal ancestor. His name was Venelkassen, changed to Veneklase. When I asked a first cousin what her daughter looked like since we went to the same church and I might have known her, the cousin replied “She looks like a Veneklase”. Over the years I have come to know what this means. One characteristic is the narrow face and almost pointed chin like these people.