Thursday, February 19, 2009

Repeated Surnames and First Names can be Confusing

Repeated Surnames and First Names can be Confusing

  • This article discusses my work on a family where two step-children married each other, another person married their step-uncle and two sons had the same name. See how I sorted out the confusion.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Partitioning the Relatives

Partitioning the Relatives

  • This article discusses a partition case from 1907 where a widow has to sue her husband's family in order to clear title to her farm. In the case of settling up the affairs, a judge needs to estimate how long the widow will live in order determine how much case she should receive. Case focuses on the family of James Rampley who died in Hancock County, Illinois. Originally published 6 February 2009.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Behind the Quitclaim Deeds

Behind the Quitclaim Deeds

  • This article discusses two quitclaim deeds from the late nineteenth century and what they meant for one relative's inheritance. Quitclaim deeds serve a specific purpose, which is clearly indicated in the article as well as what they meant in this case. Originally published 30 January 2009.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Off the Map Migration Chains

Off the Map Migration Chains
  • This article discusses some online ways to determine your ancestor's own unique migration chain--their link in that chain may be hiding in an online database. Originally appeared 22 January 2009.

Working With Directories

Working With Directories
  • This article discusses working with city directories, focusing on online directories. Example used comes from the Mortier family in Rock Island, Illinois, late 19th and early 20th centuries. Originally appeared 20 January 2009.

Wrong Names and Early Babies-Working with an 1880 Census Entry

Wrong Names and Early Babies-Working with an 1880 Census Entry
  • This column focuses on an 1880 census entry with Grandma, Grandpa, three grandchildren, and great-grandma. Family discussed include Ulfert and Fredericka Behrens and their granddaughter Reka Ideus. Originally appeared 13 January 2009.

Poor Farms and State Hospitals

Poor Farms and State Hospitals
  • Records from these facilities may provide additional information on your ancestor's life. Sometimes including things you may not really want to know. Originally published 6 January 2008

In Context

In Context

  • Fit your ancestor into the larger framework. Some reasons why and some ways to do it. Originally published 30 Dec 2008.