Do Sites Change Your Image’s Filename?

When you upload a picture to a social media or other site, does that site create their own name for the file? Is that long name you created which contained information about the picture now a random string of numbers and characters? That’s why it’s even more important to include some identification or citation information on the image itself.

The image in the illustration had a long name I had created for it that included the name of the person involved, the county where the estate inventory was located, and a packet number. When I went to Facebook to download the file to another device, I was reminded that Facebook created their own name for the file as shown in the illustration from the “file save” menu.


Newsletter Clarification

In response to some questions, we’re posting this newsletter clarification. There are two fee-based newsletters:

  • Casefile CluesThis is my how-to newsletter discussing and analyzing sources, research process, problem-solving, etc. I’ve published over 156 issues of this casefilecluesnewsletter which is sent as a PDF file to subscribers. A complete list of back issues is on our website as well as samples. Old issues are archived. Casefile Clues is now distributed approximately once a week. Subscriptions are for 52 issues.
  • Weekly Blog Update–This was created for those who did not want to subscribe to the daily blog updates individually on each blog (which are free). This has been published since the summer of 2015, but they are not archived. This contains a summary of blog posts in the last week, along with a few added features:
    • Tombstone of the week
    • Photograph of the week
    • Citation of the week
    • Term of the week

Subscribing to any of the individual blogs is free–blog updates are sent daily every day new posts are added.

Descendant Versus Heir

There’s a difference between being a descendant and being an heir. Descendants of someone are their children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, etc. Heirs are typically those legally entitled to inherit real or personal property from someone.

If a person has never had children, then their heirs could be their siblings or children of their siblings. Their heirs could be their first cousins if the deceased person had no siblings.

If Riley had two children that survived him, Alberta and Barbara, and a child Charles who had died before Riley, then Albert, Barbara, and Charles’ children would be Riley’s heirs. Alberta and Barbara’s children would not be Riley’s heirs because their parents were still living. Alberta and Barbara’s children would still be Riley’s descendants.

My Blogs

I maintain the following genealogy blogs:

  • Rootdig.comMichael’s thoughts, research problems, suggestions, and whatever else crosses his desk. Daily posts are free.
  • Casefile Clues Blog–this is the blog with updates on my how-to newsletter, articles and people I’m working on, a few genealogy methodology comments, etc. The blog is free to subscribe to. The PDF newsletter is by subscription only.
  • Genealogy Tip of the Dayone genealogy research tip every day–short and to the point. Daily posts are free.
  • Genealogy Search Tipwebsites I’ve discovered and the occasional online research tip–short and to the point. Daily posts are free.
  • Genealogy Transcribercan you read the handwriting? Daily posts are free.

The fee-based newsletters are Casefile Clues and the weekly blog update.

Do You Read the Entire Thing?

The suit to partition the estate of a Bernard Dirks in Adams County, Illinois, was not initiated until 1924–after his wife died. A “quick reading” of the papers located a list of heirs as of 1924. Bernard died in 1913. A careful re-reading of the court papers found a reference to  grandson who survived Bernard, but who died without descendants of his own when Bernard’s wife, Heipke, died in 1924. This grandson had no descendants of his own and did not have to be listed in the 1924 final list of heirs.

But buried in the court filings was a list of Bernard’s heirs as of 1913–there was the grandson, along with a notation that he died before his grandmother in 1924 leaving no descendants of his own.

Written In Later?

This Albemarle County, Virginia, deed appears to have had a “correction” written in the deed book after the deed was transcribed and before the microfilming was done. It would be less consequential if it were not the name of the grantor. The “correction” appears to have been written in a different hand by a different writing utensil.

My transcription of this document should indicate that:

“…Between [illegible word with the word “Peter” written over it in an apparently different handwriting] Rucker (Son…”