Today’s episode of Research Like a Pro is about a case study Diana wrote about the father of Mary French. Determining the maiden name and parents of a woman born in the late 1700s is one of the most difficult genealogical undertakings. Because women were not mentioned in many of the records of the era, few sources exist to prove their parentage. Combine that with record loss and the task becomes even more difficult. Descendants of Ignatius Bryan, born about 1775 in Maryland and died 1803 in Hardin County, Kentucky have long wondered about the origins of his wife Mary. Who was Mary’s father? No marriage record has yet been located for the couple and without a maiden name, it might seem impossible to prove a relationship between a woman and her parents. Fortunately, enough records have survived that when carefully analyzed; prove that Mary Ann, wife of Ignatius Bryan, is the daughter of James French of Hardin County, Kentucky.
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