Post-Death Court Action Besides Probate

A probate court typically is the local court where your deceased ancestor’s estate would be “settled up.” However there are times when the heirs cannot agree to the point where there is court action in a civil court or court of equity. Partition suits and other estate squabbles may be in a separate court file… Read More »


Where Was that Receipt?

Receipts in probate files may give locations suggesting where the deceased lived. These references can be helpful in estate files where there is no real property to describe or locate.

Alternates That Do Not Sound the Same

Spelling variations or misreadings where consonants are changed can frustrate searches, particularly where interchanged letters don’t sound alike. In this example, a “v” was replaced with an “r.” That’s different enough that sound-based searches don’t often work.

Did They Lose It In a Fire?

A house fire or natural disaster could easily explain why your branch of the family has few pictures or other family ephemera. In one case, I am lucky that there are many things as there are given a house fire in 1924. Situations such as this make it all the more important to contact members… Read More »

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Was That Early Baby The Couple’s?

My aunt had a baby several years before she was married in the early 1870s. Family members had always assumed that the baby was the child of the aunt’s eventual husband. Court records indicated that the “early” child was not the child of the eventual husband, but was instead the child of another man who… Read More »

Two Obituaries–Two Places of Death

There are two obituaries for one of my ancestors. One says he died at the home of son George. The other says he died at the home of son Fred. The reminders from this are: cite your source–so you know what said what get as many different sources as you can–they may not agree any… Read More »

Did that Event Warrant Newspaper Coverage?

When you discover a “new” event in your ancestor’s life, do you consider that it might have generated newspaper coverage? Deaths and marriages are pretty obvious items for possible newspaper menti on, but there are other events that may have generated newspaper coverage as well. An ancestral acquaintance was convicted of manslaughter in 1858 and… Read More »