Make your Ancestor's Birth Info Interesting

As you gather information, here is how to make the written info on an ancestor’s birth more interesting.

Basic information:

Nan M. Everhart was born Aug. 9, 1915 in Frederick, Maryland to Dr. David G. Everhart and Eva Bixler Everhart.

Yes, all the basic data is there but it is dull. Here is an example of how to add to the birth info.

On a Monday, August 9, 1915, Nan M. Everhart, the first born daughter and second child was born to Dr. David G. Everhart, Sr., age 24, a local dentist and his wife, Eva Bixler Everhart, age 24. The daughter was named for one of Dr. Everhart’s aunts. The couple had married on November 23, 1911 in Manchester, Maryland where the couple had grown up. Their first child was a son, named David G. Everhart Jr., and born Sept. 9, 1912 in Manchester. For his dental practice, Dr. Everhart established himself in Frederick, Maryland before 1915. Some of the news in the local “The News” of Frederick included about the war in Europe. 

As you see just adding the increased information of the ancestor’s parents and siblings make the birth story more interesting. Anything known about where the family lived and the father’s occupation adds to the birth story. The best is to have written where a given name came from. 

Try it, write a paragraph about when your ancestor was born. Don’t worry that it’s not a gripping story with rich details of the weather, setting, and so on. That can come later, if you so choose. Use any local newspaper articles available to enrich what was happening in that town the day your ancestor was born.

Photos: Baby Nan Everhart and her parents, David and Eva.

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