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Hiring a Researcher
This series hopefully will pick back up by November. It got put off and will take me a little while to get back on track with it. Suggestions for questions you'd like to see answered in this series can be sent to me at email@example.com. The actual case study used will be a Chicago one. That's where I have a problem that needs work and where I can't easily do the research myself.
Ira Sargent's insanity case suggested he had been institutionalized by the same county court before. I'm going to see if the record searcher can find this case for me. The person whose done work for me in Adams County, Illinois, has pretty much worked on an item by item basis for me becaues that's really all I need there. I have other Adams County families besides Ira--several in fact and I don't think I've written about any of them.
Out of Wedlock Baby
There's a relative who had a child out of wedlock in Illinois in the 1870s. I wrote about the child before I was writing Casefile Clues and there's probably enough for an update. There was even a court case regarding the child after the child had reached the age of majority.
I think it's time we revisted analyzing pre-1850 census records in Casefile Clues. This is a good topic and one that is applicable regardless of where your ancestors lived in the United States before the 1850 census.
I posted images from this family's 1860 census enumeration a while back. This one is too convoluted to describe in a short post, but it looks like a newly married couple was enumerated in the 1860 Missouri and Kentucky census. I'll make the case and let readers decide.
Benjamin Butler's "worthless" 1880 Era Probate
It's been a while since we looked at Benjamin Butler. Records on FamilySearch and the Missouri State Death Index lead me to believe he ended up in southern Missouri. His estate settlement was a big disappointment, but we'll see what clues can be wrung out of it.
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