Research in America.

The method that works for me is to first set up an outline of the ancestor by researching census documents that gives where the ancestor was at a specific time.  If you are lucky, you may find his parents and siblings or spouse and children.

Try to find a way to triangulate on finding the ancestor.  I find that locating information about the ancestor is made easier if there is an associated person involved.  It could be a child, parents, sibling, or spouse.  I located my great-grandmother because she was always associated with her eldest daughter.

After searching census documents and determining where they were when, search city directories.  City directories were published annually or bi-annually so they can give a better picture of what was going on with the ancestor.

After the census and city directories, do general research on archived sites by the variations youʻve found on the spelling of the ancestorʻs name and the associated personʻs name.  Chances are if you find one, you may find the other.

Research in Japan.

My maternal relative in Japan in the beginning thought that for Japan the koseki tohon was the only way; however, for my maternal side that turned into a fiasco because we found that my great-grandfather was a “yoshi”.  

My maternal relative dug up non-contiguous family names that led us back to the Matsūra-toh and back to Minamoto no Tōru.  Regardless of theoretically being able to track back to Minamoto no Tōru, I can only trace genealogy back to my great-grandfatherʻs grandfather (I found that in the great-grandfatherʻs baptismal record).  The maternal relative canʻt seem to read temple records because it has something to do with death names are different from living names, etc, etc, etc.

From experience, Japan and Iʻm sure any of the Asian nations are the most difficult to find ancestors.  I asked the maternal relative what do people in Japan do to find their ancestors and I received a nonsensical answer about it was the duty of the family to keep the family record.  I think the answer should have been, “make some genealogist rich”.  Iʻve googled the Japanese web and found a bunch of “genealogists” who are willing to find your ancestors for you.

Research in other countries.

My husband has been tracing his ancestors (contiguously) through records in Canada, Ireland, Scotland, and England.  Iʻm not sure about other western countries especially those that have been reassigned to different countries at various intervals.

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