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Some researchers can access fee-based genealogical databases through their local library (either onsite or remotely using their library card). Others can access certain databases at their local Family History Library. Some can also access certain databases through a membership in a genealogical or historical society. Then there are the rest of us . If the options in the first paragraph aren’t realistic, consider purchasing a temporary membership to one of the fee-based sites, especially if that site has a database not available elsewhere that could help your research. Keep in mind that records are available elsewhere–it’s just that online access is physically easier and faster. You are paying for convenience. We’ve posted longer posts on Rootdig about some sites that have materials that could be helpful because they aren’t […]
While searching for a marriage entry for William Rhodus, I got so “hung up” on variations for Rhodus that I didn’t consider that he could have been listed by his initials or an abbreviated name. Even the minister only was named with his initials.
Keeping up with sites that regularly update or add more information can be time-consuming. Some sites send out press releases about new databases and improvements. Others do not. Personally I’m waiting for a few counties to be added to the online chancery records at the Library of Virginia, some records to be added to the free War of 1812 pension file here at Fold3.com, and newspapers to the Library of Congress “Chronicling America” collection. I may be waiting a while. I’ve have a list of things I’m waiting for on various sites that are “in progress” and I’ve decided to check monthly (or even less often) to see if new to me items are there. There’s no need to check daily or weekly and a list keeps me more organized and […]
There was a time when many American newspapers published summaries of what happened at the local term of the probate court. Details of your ancestor’s will, property owned at death, final bills, and more may have been published in the local newspaper. If probate records at the local courthouse are not extant or the case you want cannot be found, local newspapers may be able to provide some clues. Generally speaking these notices became less frequent in the early 20th century. Newspapers can also be a good source in burned counties. The courthouse may have burned, the some newspapers may have survived.
16 June is my birthday and now until 8 am Central Time 17 June, we’re offering 47% off any webinar purchase. The code is “47” and the webpage is https://genealogytipoftheday.com/index.php/webinars/
When your research moves into a new location, do you stop and learn about that area and the resources it has? Different states have different laws and sometimes different records or procedures. Urban research has challenges and opportunities that do not exist in rural settings. Research on the frontier is different that research in areas that were settled and populated. When a new location is encountered in your research, ask yourself “how is this place different from others places that I’ve researched?”  There will be differences. Learning about them helps the researcher to avoid mistakes.
[I posted this to my Rootdig blog, but am posting it here as well…thanks!] We are still working through a few issues after our transfer to WordPress for our blog management. We appreciate everyone’s patience. If you get this message, and have a free moment, please let me know–either by responding on the blog, or to the email. I usually write about whatever strikes my interest and don’t pay much heed to what may generate a lot of chatter or responses. I try and write things that I think people will read and get some help from–and often those are things that people don’t respond to. So….gentle reader, if you could let me know that I’m not operating in a vacuum, I’d appreciate it. Now back to our […]
Have you checked to see if there are employment records for your ancestor? Virtually all of my ancestors were farmers, so there’s no “employment record.” However my children’s ancestor worked for the Pullman Car Company in Chicago and the image accompanying this post is part of his employment record.
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On my Rootdig blog, I recently mentioned that users of the free War of 1812 pensions at Fold3.com could help with that project in ways other than giving money. The pensions are only being indexed initially by name of pensioner and widow (if applicable). Users can create annotations for other names mentioned in pension files they use in their personal research, thus increasing the number of names that are indexed and searchable. An additional benefit of creating annotations is that it forces the researcher to read the entire pension file. And sometimes the best discoveries are made when a thorough reading of a record is done. Annotating a file may help you as well as helping someone else.
Your ancestor James Rucker cannot avoid a debt just because the person to whom he owes money has spelled his name as James Rucher. The legal concept of idem sonans is generally that if a wrong spelling sounds like the intended name, then it is the intended name. So if the bill at the garage says “Mike Neal,” I’m still probably liable for it.
The death of an ancestor can result in more than a death certificate, an obituary, a funeral, or an estate settlement. In some cases, the death of one parent can send an entire family into a financial tailspin, especially if the recently deceased parent was the sole provider for the family. Children may end up being farmed out to relatives or neighbors or have to quit school and go to work. Even in families where the children are grown the death of a parent can change the family dynamics.
I think we have the email glitch solved–some subscribers were getting two copies of the daily tip. Thanks for your patience as we continue to work through a few last minute issues due to our move.
When trying to correlate pieces of information remember that the simplest explanation is probably what happened. When deciding what to research next start with the most likely scenario. And remember that not all the details have to fit perfectly. Sometimes people can provide slightly different answers to questions on different records.
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