31 March 2010
I think that's the case with a family in Ohio that I'm working on for an issue of Casefile Clues.
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Please don't get me wrong, those who volunteer to do lookups do us a GREAT service, but since they are human, every once in a while they can overlook something.
23 March 2010
The baptisms were likely done then as she got married in a church ceremony a few weeks after her children were christened.
She could easily have had them christened at birth. They were born in Chicago in the 1910s---there would have been plenty of opportunities.
22 March 2010
More information about the survey can be found here:
Results will be posted publicly on the site.
Farming isn't the only occupation where these distinctions are important? Did your ancestor work in a blacksmith shop, or own his own shop? Again, the difference is important.
Sometimes all we have are vague ideas of what our ancestor did--but sometimes we do have more. Use that information to your advantage.
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18 March 2010
A certain publication made me take similarly worded paragraph out of an article because it was "too negative." I think it's realistic and honest which is a much better way to be.
17 March 2010
16 March 2010
Cyndi at Cyndislist.com has been linking and categorizing websites for a decade. If you're stuck, needing a break, or needing to jumpstart your research, take a look at the links she has for your state or country of interest.
There is certain to be something on Cyndislist you haven't seen before. It is just about like browsing the library stacks and making random finds.
15 March 2010
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Sometimes this can be particularly helpful if you have made new discoveries about things your relative might have had first or second hand knowledge of.
- Do you locate a family living next to the interviewee's parents in 1920 that had the same last name as the mother and whom the interviewee never mentioned?
- Does an estate settlement mention a family member living in a location that was "news" to you? Your relative may know something.
New details may jog the respondent's mind about things you never even knew to ask the first time around.
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12 March 2010
In reviewing records on one ancestor, I realized I had deeds for all of his acquisitions except for 34 acres. Not a large amount of property, but in this case several deeds were within the family and tracking that 34 acres might be the key to discovering new family relationships.
And if it doesn't, then I've honed my research skills for a time when it does help!
11 March 2010
This very topic was the focus of an entire Casefile Clues issue--1 Number 32.
10 March 2010
And if you only get time to look at the "etal" deeds, make a note to that effect in your research log. That way you will know what you have (and have not) done.
09 March 2010
I don't think so. Part of it is just in how hard you look. None of my ancestors were particularly wealthy. A few lived hand to mouth and several barely hung on during the Depression. Yes, most were farmers, but not all were landowners and those that were owned typical farms for their era (agricultural census records are a great way to make these comparisons).
My in-laws left records too and they were not all farmers. Even the city dwellers who didn't own their homes left records.
The key is learning about all the records that might be available and being diligent. Leave no stone unturned---you might be surprised at what is out there.
Most importantly, ask for help or suggestions. Genealogists are a friendly bunch and you are bound to get advice and ideas---keep asking.
08 March 2010
07 March 2010
Rural ancestors rarely have these records but those with urban ancestors might want to see if records of their ancestor's former employers have been archived or stored somewhere.
Personally I haven't used employment records too much, but am working on a set of records for an upcoming issue of Casefile Clues.
06 March 2010
05 March 2010
- out of state divorce decrees
- out of area death certificates
- medical licenses
- legal agreements not related to property or real estate
04 March 2010
- turn off the email
- turn off any online "alerts"
- turn off instant messaging
- put the cell phone away
03 March 2010
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