Sunday, November 10, 2013

Cluster genealogy method differs from the collateral genealogy method.  Instead of focusing on relatives, the search now broadens to neighbors, church members, passengers on the same ship, soldiers in the same military regiment, co-workers, people buried in the same cemetery with graves in the same section or nearby.  I searched the passenger list that Grandma came on and made note of the passengers on the same page, then all passengers from Prussia.  I searched the church records for sponsors at baptism, and any name that matched from the passenger list.  I looked at the earliest census (1900) to see who was listed on the same page and the pages before and after.  I compared these names with names on the passenger list.  No one in the family served in the military.  I have yet to check out the cemetery for people buried near my great grandparents graves.