The Missing Man: Solving a Mystery with Genealogy February 25 10:30am
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The Missing Man: Solving a Mystery with Genealogy
One day in the early 1900s, August Lawrence left his Minnesota home for a two-week job, and never returned. The enduring mystery of his disappearance was deepened by the records he left, which differed from his family's stories about him.
Years after his disappearance, a small but vital clue from a family member’s record led to a wide network of August’s previously unknown relatives and associates. Investigating the people who shared his early years not only revealed his mysterious origins, but provided a likely answer to the century-old question of his fate. Learn how thorough records analysis and research on family, friends, and neighbors can help break down even long-standing brick walls.
Sharon Hoyt, CGSM, is a full-time genealogy researcher from the Silicon Valley. As a native Californian whose family has lived in the state since the 1880s, she enjoys helping clients trace their ancestors’ paths to the Golden State, with a particular interest in migrations from New England, New York, and the Midwest. She received the Minnesota Genealogical Society's 2016 Family History Writing Award for her article “The Missing Man: The Mysterious Disappearance of August Henry Lawrence of Winthrop, Minnesota.”
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