30 June 2010
It is up to the thorough researcher to determine if the inconsistencies are inconsequential and to find reasonable, plausible explanations for them.
Usually violations of the laws of biology and physics are not necessary to explain things
29 June 2010
I "googled" the name (including maiden name) of a first cousin of my great-grandfather. The first cousin had to have died at least forty years ago. However, the searched turned up an obituary for a daughter who died in 2007!
28 June 2010
The child could have had a falling out with their parent, or perhaps the parent had already given them their inheritance, perhaps when they got married, started some type of business, bought their first farm ground, etc.
27 June 2010
Maybe they remember something now they didn't remember before or are willing to discuss something they didn't want to discuss twenty years ago.
It is worth a shot.
26 June 2010
25 June 2010
When visiting that cemetery, consider putting a waterproof calling card on the stone or near to it. A business card in a plastic bag, or a laminated one will work just fine. Use a stone, rock, or some other object to secure it in place, without harming the stone.
You never know when another relative, who doesn't use the internet at all, might stop by that same cemetery and find your card with contact information.
24 June 2010
The settlement of an estate may take place through probate court, or through a simple deed after the surviving spouse dies. It really depends upon the location, the time period, and the complexity of the estate.
If the widow survived, there might not have been an estate settlement, but there might have been an heirship or settlement deed transferring ownership after her death. That might be all the estate settlement that was needed.
Or there could be actual court records, depending upon the size of the estate and the ability of the heirs to get along.
23 June 2010
22 June 2010
I was working on a Benjamin Butler who was enumerated in Iowa in 1870. The problem was that his place of birth in 1870 (Canada) was shown as New York in the 1880 census where I eventually found him. And his 1880 enumeration had him listed as William.
Fortunately the wife and all the other details matched. When using just one enumeration to search for others, considering that any one piece of information could easily be incorrect.
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21 June 2010
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18 June 2010
But a witness on a deed or a will. The witness may be a relative, friend, or another warm body.
But the witness had to be of legal age and that may be a clue.
And always learn why names are on records and in what capacity they are acting. What requirements were there to act in that capacity?
17 June 2010
16 June 2010
- death certificate because someone died
- birth certificate because someone was born
Others not so much, particularly some records in court and other cases. Asking why a document was created will help you to know why some things were included in the document and some things were not. Records we use were created for purposes other than genealogy--keep that in mind.
15 June 2010
14 June 2010
Get outside of that same approach. Your ancestors all didn't approach life the same way, you shouldn't approach them the same way either.
13 June 2010
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11 June 2010
What I needed was colored pencils. Then I could use the colors to mark each person and help me to keep them straight in my head. I'm going to have to get a set of colored pencils.
10 June 2010
That's how years ago I found Ulfert Behrens in Adams County, Illinois listed as Woolpert Barcus.
09 June 2010
08 June 2010
It is important not to get too excited about these huge discoveries and take the to prove every link in the chain.
Online materials, especially those that are unsourced or that only have filenames like "jones.tftw" as sources, should be used as guides, not gospel.
07 June 2010
Writing up your genealogy research is important. It will make you look more closely at what you have, your assumptions and your conclusions. Remember to write for someone who does not know anything about your family.
You might be surprised at the things you learn. And consider submitting your finished product to a local genealogical or historical society quarterly in the area where your ancestor lived. It is a great way to preserve your research.
And don't forget to cite your sources.
06 June 2010
I'm working on a "new" family. The only information I have on them is one 1870 census enumeration. The household is headed by a man, but based upon the ages, the oldest female can't be the mother of all those who appear to be children.
Before I start putting any relationship information on this family in my genealogy software program, I need to work on obtaining more details about their relationships.
Haste in data entry leads to mistakes.
05 June 2010
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03 June 2010
If I hadn't gone back, I might have missed it.
02 June 2010
01 June 2010
No guarantees, but maybe you need to try researching something again. It is always possible to overlook something the first time or not to search in the way you thought you did.