Saturday, August 27, 2022

Cousin Bait: Fish in Many Ponds

Trying to catch the eye of cousins who are searching online for mutual ancestors, I fish in as many ponds as possible. Anything I post as cousin bait works 24/7, waiting to be found when a possible cousin does a surname search or looks on a genealogy-related website for folks in the family tree.

Above, my Find a Grave memorial for Isaac Larimer Work with bite-sized bio (repurposed and posted to multiple sites when I researched hubby's US Civil War ancestors). Although I can't be 100% sure that Isaac is actually in Nashville National Cemetery, he's listed as being buried there in the US Civil War Roll of Honor (see title page here at right).

Isaac was my hubby's 1c4r. The Find a Grave page was cousin bait after being discovered last week by a descendant of this Union soldier's brother. The cousin contacted me via my Find a Grave profile and now we're exchanging family history photos and more. 

Also last week I was contacted by a 2c2r in my Burk/Mahler/Jacobs family tree, who found his grandfather on my Ancestry public tree. He has photos I've never seen, and I have photos he's never seen. We're sharing info and putting our heads together for further research!

To fish in many ponds, I have trees, memorials, photos, and/or bios on all of the following:

  • Find a Grave
  • Ancestry
  • My Heritage
  • WikiTree
  • Find My Past
  • Fold3
  • FamilySearch
  • Ancestor landing pages of this genealogy blog
It was a great week for genealogy last week, and September will be a terrific month for collaborating on research with these newfound cousins.


  1. I'm curious, how do you know he was buried at the Nashville National Cemetery? He is not listed at the VA grave locator.

    1. Great question. Although I can't be 100% certain, he and his brother are listed in the US Civil War Roll of Honor as being buried (reburied, really) at Nashville Natl Cemetery. I'm posting the title page in my post. TY so much for your comment!