There are a few surnames that family historians hate to see, I have several of them in my tree. I have many brick walls relating to these surnames and, while I fully expect that they will never truly be knocked down, I am determined to give it a decent go.
One of my greatest brick walls, that’s really rather challenging is that of Evan EVANS, my paternal 3x great grandfather. There are many challenges associated with Evan, including:
- A common surname – Evans is, and always has been, a common surname.
- Premature death – Evan died tragically in an accident in 1875, just 13 years after his marriage. As a result, I have confirmed him on only one census, the 1871 one.
- Lack of notability – the official records I do have relating to Evan that provides an occupation, note that he was a labourer.
To be honest, I’ve only got this far because I had a crazy lucky break involving another Ancestry member. He posted photographs of his male ancestors, who happened to look like carbon copies of my Dad, Uncles, brother and the male cousins. The genes are strong with this one. The familial link has been confirmed through DNA matches – although I have yet to make contact since my results came in.
Essentially, I am aiming to discover where Evan came from, maybe even who his parents and siblings were.
I don’t know if I expect to break down this brick wall, or whether this is simply an exercise to appease myself that I have tried everything. I don’t know if I will ever trace the line back another generation. Still, I never thought I would have proof that Evan and Laura are my ancestors either. New records are becoming available all the time, and it is these that make my challenges a little bit easier.
To help with the research I intend to follow the following steps:
- Define the problem (this post)
- Create a timeline for the person/family
- Re-evaluate the known evidence
- Search for new evidence
- Research the social history of the time and place
- Get to know the collateral relatives
- Visit with their Friends, Acquaintances and Neighbours
- Crowd source the problem
- The Elusive Evan Evans
- The Elusive Evan Evans – A timeline
- The Elusive Evan Evans – Evaluate the Evidence 1
- The Elusive Evan Evans – Evaluating the evidence 2
- The Elusive Evan Evans – Evaluating the Evidence 3
- The Elusive Evan Evans – Evaluating the Evidence 4
- The Elusive Evan Evans – Evaluating the Evidence 5
- The Elusive Evan Evans – Evaluating the Evidence 6 Scheduled for 17 Sep 2021
- The Elusive Evan Evans – To Do List Scheduled for 18 Sep 2021
- The Elusive Evan Evans – Searching for new evidence Scheduled for 19 Sep 2021