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An Aha! And Duh! Moment

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I have been looking for the parents of my third-great-grandmother, Susan Miller Davis, for twenty years. Today, I finally found a document that lists their names, on the U.S., Cherokee Baker Roll and Records, 1924-1929 application for Susan’s son and my great-great uncle, Lorenzo Dow Davis, Jr.

Susan Miller’s father was Arch Miller and her mother was Hannah Mc_______ (still deciphering her maiden name!)

The Duh! part of this discovery is that Susan’s grandson (my great-grandfather) was named Arch Miller Corn. He named his son (my great-uncle) Arch Miller Corn, Jr. It never occurred to me that his name could have been Susan’s father’s name, even though I knew her maiden name was Miller. But now, in hindsight, it seems like a perfectly obvious clue. Duh!

This case also serves as a great reminder that it is vital to research every family member, not just direct line ancestors. The needed clue could be in the least expected place.


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