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Michael

The Importance of Everything…

The pension file for Civil War widow Nancy Rampley is rather large and contains numerous applications and appeals. For that reason, many of the petitions are repetitive.

That’s good.

In one application for a pension Nancy indicated that she was “married at my father’s house.” In another she indicated she was married at “William Newmans.”

Had I only read one of these I would have missed the connection.

Even when documents seem repetitive to the point of being excessive, read them all. There may be a clue in there if you look deeply enough.

Those Accurate Directions

Try to be as specific as possible when referring to geographic locations in your research (use GPS coordinates when the location is is precisely known). For urban locations, street addresses are usually not a problem–but certain there have not been changes since the time the address was valid and the present. For property owners, a legal description of a piece of property should serve to precisely indicate a location.

Try to avoid the description used by this postmaster in 1918.

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Dates Off By Just One?

Dates of birth can easily be off by a day or two, particularly if the birth was in the wee hours of the morning. What is recorded “at home” versus what appears on the original certificate. In this case the mother gave a different date of birth for her child than appeared on his birth record. She had to explain the difference to the pension department.

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