Appraisers Can’t Be Heirs or Beneficiaries

Appraisers of an estate can be relatives of the deceased, but they cannot (usually) be heirs or beneficiaries of the estate. If one of the appraisers of an estate has the same last name as the deceased, then they are not an heir or a beneficiary. It usually is a violation of state statute, not to mention good practice, to appoint someone with a direct interest in an estate as an appraiser of that estate.



One Year Given Off the Cuff

I had to sign my daughter up for one online class in order to complete her degree in May of 2017. I was asked the year she graduated high school. I was not 100% certain and realized (or hoped) that being a year off wouldn’t be a problem.

What is the chance your relative guessed on a date because they thought it would not be a problem…and, after all, who is ever going to see this in one hundred years?

Brick Wall Busters 2017 Webinar Released

Get your research rolling…..

This hour-long presentation (aimed at advanced beginner and intermediate researchers) focuses on research approaches to get you past “brick walls”. We will look at reasons why we have “brick walls” and how we may be making our own “brick walls.” Focus will be on problem-solving, getting past assumptions, realizing what we know versus what we think we know, and completely analyzing and understanding what we already have.

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The Children of Your Problem Person

If you’ve got an ancestor on which you are stuck, have you completely and exhaustively researched all their children? It’s possible that in some record on one of those children is a clue to the parent who is giving you difficulty.

Don’t just research the child from whom you descend–research them all.

Don’t just focus on online sources either.

A Native Born Alien in 1920

In the United States, until the passage of the 1922 Cable Act, a woman lost her United States citizenship upon marriage to an unnaturalized alien. That’s why this native of New York State is listed as an alien in the 1920 census–with no date of arrival in the United States.

Any woman who is now or may hereafter be married . . .” by Marian L. Smith on the National Archives website provides more detailed information.

Check out the books on Michael’s genealogy shelf.

Don’t Let It Fade Away

When I began my genealogical research, photocopies faded within a few years. They were not meant to be even reasonably permanent and the concept of archival photocopies was laughable. The librarian warned me that I would need to transcribe by typing any copies I had made on their photocopier.

Copiers of those types are not found any longer, but do you have materials that might fade with time?

Are there records or family papers that should be reproduced before the ink seemingly evaporates from the page?

Have You Brushed Up on Your Social History?

When was the last time you read a little history? The first book is one I first read years ago and gave me great insight into my Illinois farmers–both the Germans and the non-Germans. The second one focuses on women’s citizenship–basically the mid-19th century and after. Given that I have many immigrants during this time, it was an interesting and informative read.

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7ber, 8br, 9br, & Xber

7ber, 8ber, 9ber, and Xber may be noted in dates in 17th and 18th century documents. These references refer to September, October, November, and December.  In the modern calendar 7ber is not the 7th month, 8ber is not the 8th month, 9ber is not the 9th month, and Xber is not the 10th month. That’s a reference to their original positions. There’s more on the calendar on Wikipedia.