Discovering Physical Traits in Historical Records – MyHeritage

Discovering Physical Traits in Historical Records –

One thing that binds families together is similar physical traits. While we each share some characteristics with family members, we each have a unique combination of features. That’s what makes it even more remarkable when one specific trait is outwardly obvious and has been passed down to many members of the same family.

MyHeritage user Mary Somerville was able to trace a physical trait in her family back further than she thought possible, thanks to historical records at MyHeritage.


In Mary’s family, many of her relatives have prominently webbed fingers. Her brother, niece, son, and several other relatives all have the same distinction.

While researching her mother’s ancestors, Mary came across her great-grandfather Kirben Kibler’s WWII draft registration card and registrar’s report. The family was shocked to see what was written under the section for the registrants’ physical attributes, in the part for “Other obvious physical characteristics that will aid in identification.”

There’s a lot more to the article than the portion I included above.


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