Siblings for Sarah: A Whole-Family Research Approach to Identifying Parents – Deborah Campisano

Identifying parents for an ancestor using mostly indirect evidence requires a unique strategy and involves reconstructing a family unit before parentage is revealed.  No single record names the parents of Sarah Easton Thompson, or her specific place of birth other  than ”Kentucky”.  This case study details the reconstruction of Sarah’s family unit using the records created by probable kin and collateral lines.  This led to the discovery of her parents’ names, her place of birth, and nine brothers and sisters. If you have lost ancestors, this class may just give you hints on where to search. (Intermediate or Advanced)


Deborah Lord Campisano, (BA History), has over 35 years of genealogical research experience – 25 as a professional.  She completed genealogical course work at a number of institutes including IGHR, SLIG, GEN-Fed, and GRIP  and lectures on methodology at local, state and regional conferences. Deborah’s focus since 2014 has been genetic genealogy.  She is co-leader with colleague, Debra Smith Renard, of the Louisville Genealogical Society’s Genetic Genealogy Special Interest Group.

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