Instant gratification. It’s something many genealogists, including myself, often desire when searching for our ancestors. So much can be found online these days, but often online searches only scratch the surface of records available in the national or state archives, libraries and other places storing original or limited copies of historical records. Those you must often request copies of and wait patiently for by mail!
As Oscar Wilde wrote in the Importance of Being Earnest, the truth is rarely pure and never simple. This sentiment applies perfectly to my research on Ernest Lennox Wylie.
Thus far, I have written mostly about my Garrison line. It has been a line that has proven fairly easy to research given my late grandmother’s early work researching the family, as well as the number of other Garrisons in the United States who have also succumbed to the genealogy addiction. So, it is particularly challenging to hit a brick wall on a different line that hasn’t been researched as much, or even at all. Such is the case with my husband’s great grandfather, Ernest. The mystery surrounding his origins has stumped many in the family trying to research his early life and his parents.