Saturday, October 31, 2009

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Obituary Arrived for Anna Weerts 1881-1948

I just received the obituary for Anna Weerts, shown on the stone in my earlier post.

Her obituary is wrong about her parents, who immigrated with her to the United States, and a few other details. I'm integrating it into the article which is scheduled to run on 8 November. I'll post a digital image or transcription later. Also makes an excellent point about obtaining obits from more than one paper. The Litchfield, Illinois, newspaper, had a very short writeup and the Mt. Olive, Illinois, newspaper had a longer one. A few lessons to be learned from which paper had the longer obit too.

Molly K. of got the obituaries for me from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, in Springfield, Illinois. I have used her services before and been very pleased (just a pleased client--Molly doesn't even know I mentioned her on this post).

Friday, October 30, 2009

Salt Lake Research Trip Discount for Casefile Clues Readers and Fans

As a special to the readers of Casefile Clues (website and newsletter), I am offering a special discount on my May 2010 research trip to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. The trip runs 27 May-3 June 2010. We spend one week at the Family History Library, with morning presentations by me, research assistance in the library (both consultations and "drop by" help), and help with pre-trip planning via a password-protected website. For more information on the trip, visit

For a limited time (until Sunday 1 November at 10:00 p.m. central), you can register for a total of $150 (this is a $50 discount from the regular price). You must use one of these links below in order to get the discount page (Paypal processes the credit card payments, but a Paypal account is NOT necessary):

Registrants are responsible for travel to Salt Lake and accomodations while in Salt Lake. We have a discounted rate with the Salt Lake Plaza hotel--RIGHT NEXT DOOR to the Family History Libary. Very convenient for when you've forgotten something or you need a little rest.

Making Headway on the People in the Tombstone

Earlier this week I posted a picture of a tombstone and indicated I was working on those individuals for an upcoming article.

The good news is that as I'm writing the article and gathering "forgotten" details for citations, I'm finding additional material. In a way that is bad as I've got to quit gathering new information and put together what I actually have.

The lady on the left of the stone was the focus of a lecture I gave at the recent Illinois State Genealogical Society conference. Fortunately I just located new information on her that I did not have when I presented the lecture last week. How I located it is interesting, but honestly it was more luck than anything else. That'll be a part of an upcoming issue of Casefile Clues early in November.

Issue 13 has been mailed out

Issue 13 of Casefile Clues has been sent to subscribers. If you have not received it in your inbox, check your spam/junk/bulk mail folders and if it's not there, please let me know so that I can resend.

We will resume our normal delivery schedule next week and have some interesting things planned over the next few months.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Explaining this tombstone

This tombstone comes from rural Macoupin County, Illinois. Next week's issue (number 15) will explain it as best I can, including the research process that lead me to it. It is not quite as straightforward as you may think.

Very interesting story--parts of which attendants at the recent Illinois State Conference heard recently.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Back Issues 1-10

Issues 1-10 can be purchased as a set for $5.50. You do not need a PayPal account, just a major credit card. If you'd rather pay another way, email me for information.

2 August 2009--Volume 1 Number 1--Lessons from an Estate Record
9 August 2009--Volume 1, Number 2--Passport Records
16 August 2009--Volume 1, Number 3--Preemption Claim
23 August 2009--Volume 1, Number 4--Multiple Parents
30 August 2009--Volume 1, Number 5--Finding a Chicago Christening
6 September 2009--Volume 1, Number 6--The Civil War Pension File of Riley Rampley
13 September 2009--Volume 1, Number 7--Looking for Ira's Lucretia
20 September 2009--Volume 1, Number 8--Platting out Thomas Sledd's Heirs
27 September 2009--Volume 1, Number 9--Finding and Analyzing Pre-1850 Census Records
4 October 2009--Volume 1, Number 10--Getting from One Ira to Another

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Monday, October 26, 2009

Converting Quarterly to Annual

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Friday, October 23, 2009

This and That

I'm catching up on email and a variety of other loose ends from the newsletter. All requests for corrected versions of Issue 12 have gone out--let me know if you want one.

I'm working on answer email. I am requesting BLM Casefile for Clark Sargent and will update on that when it arrives.

A researcher has put looking for William Frame Apgar's name change on her "to do" list and we'll see if that bears any fruit. She's also looking for property records on his father and father-in-law's homes. We'll update on that as warranted. Hopefully there will be some news. Other interesting topics are planned---stay tuned.

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Back Issues and When Your Subscription Starts

Just to clarify.

Your subscription starts when you sign up. I'll usually send the issue that "just ran" when you sign up, unless it somehow slips my radar (you can always ask me if I forget). I've started grouping back issues in groups of 10 for those who weren't subscribers earlier. When you subscribe, I can send you every issue since the last set of back issues "cut off." That way if you get the back issues, you have as complete a set as you want and I'm not messing with selling individual back issues.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Casefile Clues Issue 12 to Subscribers

Issue 12 of Casefile Clues has been sent to subscribers. This week we look at a probable name change in Chicago ca. 1910 and show a quick example of analyzing locations with Google Maps.

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Monday, October 19, 2009

This week's Casefile Clues and Google Maps

I'm in the last stages of "pre-proof" for this week's column. There were more loose ends than I expected. I've created a Google map for the locations that are discussed in the upcoming column. Click on the link to take a look.

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Friday, October 16, 2009

Our Cover Sheet

Just a little image of the first page of a typical issue.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Back Issues 1-10 of Casefile Clues

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Marriage of Mrs. Mary Sargent and Asa Landon

In recent issues of Casefile Clues, I've been mentioning Asa Landon and Mary Sargent. We've tracked Asa Landon from 1850 in Winnebago County, Illinois to Christian County, Missouri in 1860.
The real focus is Mary Sargent, who I think might be the mother of my Ira Sargent.
This marriage record clearly indicates Mary had been married before (she is listed as "Mrs. Mary Sargent"). The Justice of the Peace is a near neighbor of the Landons in 1850 in Winnebago County, Illinois.
Work now continues on trying to locate Mary's Sargent husband--likely father of Mary's Sargent children. We'll have future updates in Casefile Clues as research on this family unfolds.
Stay Tuned!

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Monday, October 12, 2009

End of Back Issues of Casefile Clues Offer


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Issue 11 sent out

Issue 11, which discusses a 1890s era homestead application, was emailed this morning. If you did not receive it, please let me know.


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Images from Habben Homestead

The first entry in this blog post is the "copy" of the Declaration of Intention for Rolf Habben that appears in the homestead application file discussed in this week's edition of Casefile Clues. In that, the crossouts and additions are explained.

Those who want to see a larger copy of the declaration can click on the image and an enlarged version will appear.

The second image in this post comes from the "Certificate of Publication."
There was a clue here that I almost missed because I thought reading the "legalese" in the document would not help me. That can be a big mistake.
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Saturday, October 10, 2009

They crossed out the whole thing

It is not often a record contains a document where the entire thing is crossed out.
In this week's column of Casefile Clues, one entire document has a line drawn though it. I think I know why the document was created and I think I know why it was crossed out.
Issue 11 of Casefile Clues will include this document as one of the records being analyzed and include a discussion of what probably was going on here.

1850 Census for Asa Landon

This is one of the census records that was discussed in last week's Casefile Clues column which discussed my search for my Ira Sargent.
The Ira shown here as a 6 year old is who I think was really an Ira Sargent.
Last week's column outlined my proof. Hiram Lake also had a small role in the family's life, which wasn't discussed last week as it wasn't germane to the problem being discussed.
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Friday, October 9, 2009

Issue 11: A Homestead Claim Completed by the Kin

Issue 11 of Casefile Clues will discuss a homestead claim in Nebraska that was completed by the heirs of the claimant.

Along the way the file includes copies of copies of copies, information about the claimant, and details of his citizenship status.

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Update on Back Issues, Sample Copies, and PayPal

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Thursday, October 8, 2009

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Ira Sargent Marriage from 1886 (discussed in Issue 10)

This marriage register entry is one of the items discussed in the age analysis of Ira Sargent in last week's article.

I realized when "cleaning up" the discrepancy chart used in the column that the date of marriage I had typed into the chart was incorrect. Fortunately when I went through and cited my sources, I caught the error.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Issue 10 went out

Issue 10 was sent out yesterday. If you didn't receive it, please let me know so I can take care of it. It looks at why I think my Ira Sargent (born ca. 1843 Canada) is the same as another Ira Sargent who shows up first in northern Illinois in 1850.

Citations slowed me down a little this week. Another reason why it is good to create them as you research and not after.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Seeing if that Ira is my Ira

The column I'm finishing now compares information on my "known" Ira Sargent with one that is a potential match for him. Both men were born in Canada in the mid-19th century. The analysis is incomplete, but only because the research is ongoing. Comparisions should always be made as you progress to determine if there still is sufficient information to keep the research heading in the same direction.

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Slight Delay in Issue 10

There will be a slight delay in getting issue 10 to subscribers. Computer problems and a conference have me just a tad bit behind.

This issue will be sent out sometime Monday--look for it to be in your inbox by Tuesday morning. If not, then send me an email (but look in your spam folder first, just to be certain it's not in there).

Thursday, October 1, 2009

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