Sunday, January 31, 2010
Andrew sold some of his land and allowed the buyer to only pay half the amount and mortgage the rest. The mortgage was recorded directly after the deed. Some research will continue on the mortgagee to see if he is a potential relative.
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Here are somethings we are working on for future issues:
- An update on my "hiring a professional researcher" article. We'll take a look at parts of the contract, my expectations, her expectations, etc. I'll discuss why certain records were or were not included. And we'll discuss times (briefly as we've done some of it before) when to hire a professional, when to have a consultation, and when a "lookup" may be all you need.
- An update on Ira Sargent---one reader re-subbed her quarterly subscription because she wanted to know what happened to Ira. Well, I don't know all that much more about him than what has been written about him and his family in earlier editions of Casefile Clues. My road trip to Rockford, Illinois, where his likely father died, hopefully will come off in the next month or so and I'll have a report to make.
- An update on Andrew Trask--our focus in issue 27. I've followed up on some of the suggestions in that issue and have made some headway on this native of Massachusetts born in the 1810s.
- A transcription of one War of 1812 pension. Two sets of records I received have "issues" and I need to get them again so I can compare the two sets of copies---then they will be discussed in an upcoming column.
- Ira Sargent was put in an Illinois state mental hospital. I have information on the process, just need to get it started. Maybe some Casefile Clues readers will nag me until it gets done (grin!).
- Occupational records on members of the Frame and Demar families from the Pullman Car Company in Chicago. Those may answer some of the questions discussed in previous issues on those families.
- A discussion of a will from the 1760 era in Virginia.
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In Andrew's case, his first marriage took place relatively shortly after his migration across the country. Because of that, it has the potential to contain clues to his origins "back east." His second marriage, a few years later in a different location, doesn't have quite that potential. The reasons why and how I know both guys are the "same one" are discussed in issue 27.
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I've just copied an email from a reader in Florida who shared with me her research experience with Google Books.
Must tell you, Michael, after receiving the current newsletter. I read it bright and early Fri. morning and started trying to make some "hits" but no luck until I put the names of my great grandparents in the search.
Well, I had no idea where they came from in Ireland. I only have info on the US side of the family. Up came the partial message that was placed in the Irish immigrants advertisements in the Boston Pilot. I got the Vol. # and name of the book. Our library had only 4 volumes and I needed # 7. That afternoon we went to the library in Bradenton, looked up vol. 7 and there was the ad, giving the parish name and city in Ireland. I wondered how I was ever going to find out where they came from. Well, now I have a starting place to continue searching. In one short day from getting your newletter I was able to find out something about the Irish relatives. Now to look at the FHC film.-------------------
Hopefully others have had good luck as well.
Down the road, I'll be analyzing some of the items I found in Google Books and hope to have even more information and ideas to discuss.
Friday, January 29, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Putting together several documents on man (born 1810s in MA), in MO 1840s, then IL, to see where the holes are and what the opportunities are. One shouldn't jump into the New England research too early. Interestingly enough, the man who officiated at his first wedding was the grandfather of poet T S Eliot.
Monday, January 25, 2010
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Google Books is a wonderful source and we'll be discussing some of the finds in later issues of Casefile Clues.
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Saturday, January 23, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
It's not too late to my group in May/June for a week in Salt Lake City at the Family History Library. I'd love to have Casefile Clues readers join me in Salt Lake for the 5th annual group research trip.
I'm working on an article on Google Books for an upcoming issue of Casefile Clues. While scanning some of my hits, I came across this image.
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Wednesday, January 20, 2010
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Tuesday, January 19, 2010
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Monday, January 18, 2010
For those who missed it, in issue 25 an estate settlement was analyzed, particularly the heirs. One could not be found by the administrator so I offered a year-long subscription as a prize to who found him. If you subscribe tonight or tomorrow, I'll send you issue 25 so you can get in on the fun (if you are so inclined).
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Saturday, January 16, 2010
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Friday, January 15, 2010
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Thursday, January 14, 2010
- age estimation
- why specific source citation is important, especially why version of a record you are using
- chain migration
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Monday, January 11, 2010
I had no idea when I started distributing Casefile Clues how well it would go over or how many subscribers I would get. Frankly, I was most excited when I got that first subscriber. There is still room for growth and improvement, but I'm pleased with the number of regular readers I have, especially when I was told by some that there just wasn't much interest in reading case studies and "stories about Michael's ancestors." I think Casefile Clues has settled into a groove, but there is room for improvement and a few things that I want to do--records I'd like to discuss and use as example, materials I would like to have researched that I cannot access myself, etc.
So after some hard thought, the annual subscription price will be increased slightly on 15 January 2010. Price increases will not be a regular event here at Casefile Clues and this decision was not made lightly.
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Sunday, January 10, 2010
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Tuesday, January 5, 2010
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Sunday, January 3, 2010
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Friday, January 1, 2010
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