This is part of the death certificate for Anna Lake, discussed in last week's Casefile Clues (Volume 1 Number 4). This week's column will contain a follow up. Readers already know that there are some errors on this record.
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This week's Casefile Clues column concentrates on Anna Lake, my wife's grandmother born in 1913 in Chicago. This 1930 census enumeration for her was the beginning of me realizing that I had to reanalyze the information I had found.
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I am working on this weekend's "Casefile Clues" column on a pre-emption land claim from Missouri in the 1850s. Images will be posted this weekend. Those who are not subscribers can subscribe in time to get this weekend's edition which will go out on Sunday.
The first two images with this post are from John's preemption claim testimony.
"I Can't Find It" appeared in 2006 when I was writing for Ancestry.com. This article discusses some things that run through my mind when someone says that they are unable to find something.
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I know they were married, but I cannot find it. They had to get married; after all they had children. Well . . . not necessarily. Usually a marriage precedes the children. It is finding the record of that marriage that sometimes creates headaches for the genealogist.
Genealogists should begin their search for a marriage record with the local civil records office (usually at the county or the town level) near where the couple lived early in their marriage and near where their first child was born. The records of the church of which the couple was a member should also be searched (if applicable).
Of all my children's ancestors, only two have biographies in old county histories. There are no letters or diaries left behind that provide insight into how our family lived one hundred years ago. Those who have such materials are extremely fortunate. This week we look at some other places to get biographical information and consider one of the great ironies of genealogical research. This article "Ancestral Biographies" was one I wrote for Ancestry.com in 2007 and can be read in its entirety here.
When families migrate from one area to another, it can be hard to determine if you have really located the same group of individuals. The difficulty is compounded if the last name and first names are relatively common. It's important to be certain that the "true" family has been located and that one has not mixed up families with similar names. Male cousins bearing the same first and last name are particularly easy to confuse.
This week's Casefile Clues discusses an 1877 estate settlement and some lessons and research suggestions it makes. Also covered are some thoughts, ideas and research suggestions when using microfilm and digital images to prevent your copies from confusing you more than absolutely necessary.
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