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Do You Hear What I Hear?

Your relative answered a question for the census, death certificate, etc. Before you think they were simply dreaming up an answer, consider the other possibilities:

  • did they understand the question?
  • did they speak the language?
  • were they even really listening?
  • were they hard of hearing?
  • were they lying?
  • had someone else lied to them?

There are many reasons why a piece of information may be wrong. Be open to other possibilities besides your first conclusion.


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Terms: Grantor vs. Grantee

In land deeds, the grantor is usually the person that has title in the real property and is transferring it to the grantee. A deed can have more than one grantor and more than one grantee.

The grantor on a deed can be a judge if legal action is involved (perhaps a partition case or a divorce) or the sheriff if a tax sale is involved.

Just make certain you are looking in the correct index.

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GedMatch.Com Webinar 2 (on Tier 1 Functionalities) Released Webinar 2

Tier 1 Options on GedMatch

This presentation will focus on an overview of the Tier 1 search options of GedMatch. Tier 1 is the “fee-based” part of GedMatch–it costs $10 a month and helps support the free portions of the site. GedMatch allows you to “see more” of your DNA and analyze it in ways that simply are not possible on AncestryDNA and some of the other sites.

We will look at the:

  • One-to-many matches
  • Matching segment search
  • Relationship Tree Projection
  • Lazarus
  • Triangulation

Our focus will be on interpreting the results and using them for continuing your genealogical research. A basic understanding of DNA is required. You do not need to be a “Tier 1” member of GedMatch to participate. Our approach is practical, easy-to-understand, and engaging.

The grid shows the “matching segment search.”

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Draft Registrations Do Not Mean They Served

Draft registrations are just that: registrations. There is a difference between registering for the draft, being drafted, and volunteering.

Usually all men between a certain age were required to register when there was a draft registration. Some men were drafted. Some men volunteered.

If your male relative fit in the range of years of birth to register, you should check for a registration–even if he did not serve.

The World War Two Draft Registration (Young Men’s Draft) for Ola Finis Lake from the State of Missouri. He did not serve in the military.

This is the World War II Draft Registration card for Mimka Johnson Habben (“Old Men’s Draft” registration). He did not serve in the war.

This is the World War I Draft Registration Card for Henry Ufkes. He did not serve.

You can search World War Draft Registrations for US residents:


The “last names” Nmi, Nmn, Lnu

Some genealogists when they have an unknown name want to put something in that blank. That’s why in some databases you will see things such as:

  • Nmi–No Middle Initial
  • Nmn–No Middle Name
  • Lnu–Last Name Unknown
  • Unk–Unknown
  • Blank–Blank [be careful as Blank can be an actual surname]

My personal preference is to not use such terms. If you feel the need to put something in the spot, use actual blanks or dashes.


What You Think…

How much information in your genealogy files is there because you “thought” it instead of finding a record or source to provide evidence of it?

You may think that your relatives were married in a certain town, but the marriage record only says the name of the county.

You may think great-great-grandpa was born in Jackson Township, Coshocton County, Ohio, but all the records you have only say the name of the county.

You may think that your grandparents attended the same church as your great-grandparents, but it’s possible they did not.

Researchers want to think. It’s essential.

Just remember that before putting down locations, events, etc. we need more than just what we think to be true.

Review materials you compiled early in your research? Is there information you put down because you “thought” it was true? That could be why you have a brick wall.

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