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Andrew Searle Pang

About Andrew Searle Pang

Andrew Searle Pang has been researching family history in fits and starts since his teenage years. In the late 1990s, he was a professional researcher with the New England Historic Genealogical Society’s Enquiries Service (now Research Services) and edited several genealogical books, including the 2002 Jacobus Award-winner, The Burling Books: Ancestors and Descendants of Edward and Grace Burling, Quakers [1620—2000] (2000) by Jane Thompson Stahr. Now a retired independent school administrator and consultant in fund raising and non-profit governance, Andrew lives in eastern Massachusetts.

In praise of maiden aunts

Sally Leeds. Author’s collection

As most genealogists focus their in-depth research on direct ancestors, I have adopted the term “genealogical orphans” for persons with no living descendants to take an interest in researching them. While we usually document the births of all known children in a family, and sometimes their marriages and deaths, we less frequently go beyond the basics to learn about their lives. We have been encouraged to investigate family, associates, and neighbors (the “FAN club”), but often do so only in search of evidence to document a hard-to-prove family relationship. Yet I have found that these maiden aunts, bachelor uncles, and childless couples often have fascinating stories, and sometimes had profound impact on our ancestors. Continue reading In praise of maiden aunts