Having just blogged about clues that can help you determine the possible origins of your branches that dead end in the US, I'm wondering just how many "unknown branches" people have in their tree?
Surprisingly, I have 43 branches that dead end in the US but I feel like I know many of their origins better than that because of where they lived when, what the surname suggests, what families they married into, or which religion they belonged to. Of those 43, there's really only 6 I'm totally clueless about.
'Dead ends' are frustrating, but also intriguing. The vagaries of what documents and resources have survived, or would have existed originally, can be so random. But then the same could be said for our ancestors!