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What Sort of Error Is That?

The 1883 death certificate for my ancestor has the printed county name crossed out and the correct county written in its place. One might be tempted to jump to the incorrect conclusion as to why the county name was changed.

While I was not around in 1883, my suspicion is that the doctor observed deaths in both counties and only had a stack of Adams County death certificates. The Rampley farm was a few miles from the Hancock-Adams County line and he likely had patients in both counties. That’s probably the reason for the write over on the certificate’s location.

Elizabeth’s husband, James, died a year later. His certificate has the same write over. Sometimes an “error” isn’t really an error at all–and not that big of a deal.

Chronologies for Groups

A chronology for an ancestor can be a great way to see if there are time gaps for which no records have been obtained.

Keep in mind that at certain times during a person’s life they may leave fewer records.

And consider including multiple people in a chronology or focusing on something other than a specific person. One chronology I found particularly helpful was a large one that included several families after they had arrived in Chicago from New York State over several years. Including more than one person in the same chronology helped me to notice things that might not have been noticed had I concentrated on just one person.

More Than One Courthouse?

Some counties have more than one courthouse with each one having specific duties or perhaps responsibilities for a certain portion of the county. Does this apply to the county where you are researching?

It may seem unusual to have more than one courthouse in a county, but it does happen. I once assumed there were no deeds for a certain relative until I discovered that the county had two courthouses and I was looking in the records of the wrong one.

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Draft Registration Does Not Equate With Service

A draft registration card does not mean the individual saw active service.

The registration card means that the registrant registered for the draft. That’s why he was called the registrant.

Obviously some men who registered served either because they were later drafted or volunteered. Requirements as to who had to register can vary from one time period to another.