Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Our heroine

My featured research subject is Minnie Selina McElroy. As a 20th century immigrant she intrigued me because the American arrival of all of my own ancestors and most of my husband's was back in the early 19th century and beyond, typically 100 or more years earlier.

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Working on an outline

My goal for this challenge is to write a memoir of my research on one person, showing what I've learned over time and how I've had to challenge my assumptions.
Proposed outline:
1. Introduction to the person
2. Where I started: first assumptions.
3. First evidence : the Census
4. Ellis Island
5. Her husband
6. Assumptions at that point
7. Her daughter's account
8. The trip back to Northern Ireland
9. The American brother
10. Further evidence : Census of Ireland. Ulster covenant. Later naturalization. The brothers.
11. Mysteries remain.

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A Challenge

I'm planning to use the 2013 Family History Writing Challenge as a stimulus to organizing my research and writing it up for others in the family.