Wednesday, March 31, 2010
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Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
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Once in a while we do discuss a record type in general terms, but usually discussion is done within the context of one document or family.
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Sunday, March 21, 2010
Remember that Casefile Clues really tries to focus on the process and the method. Sometimes I have updates in mind when I write a column because I have done more research. Sometimes I really don't know where the research will lead because I am essentially writing about it as I do it. Personally I think that keeps it fresh and hopefully adds a little bit of "drama" to Casefile Clues.
I always loved teachers who showed the wrong way of doing things and then explained either why it was always wrong or why it didn't work in that instance. I think that is a great way to learn. Casefile Clues will also continue to have record analysis, such as was recently done with the Habben-Ufkes mortgage from 1870s Illinois, and the John Demoss will from Maryland in the 1820s. But our case studies generally will be research in progress, we'll try to keep showing those "wrong" paths as well as the ones that worked.
I'm not even going to say that research is finished. We all know better than that. I'm having fun with Casefile Clues and hope that readers are too.
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35--Primary, Secondary, and Indirect Information on Grandma's 1910 Birth
36--Another set of pre-1850 census records
37--Pullman Employment Records
Other topics are in the works, but these are the specifics for the time being. I'm working on the 1812 records, the hiring a researcher, and a contested will. Hopefully I'll get to Rockford, Illinois, in the next month or two so I can have an update on good ol' Ira Sargent.
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Saturday, March 20, 2010
I'm working on a Style Guide and some type of article index. ETA on these is anyone's guess at this point. Keeping up with content and subscriber concerns has to take priority for right now.
I'll be in Topeka, KS in April for a seminar---let me know if you'll be there. I'll be in Oklahoma this summer as well. If you'd like to have me come to your group, send me an email.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
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See what they found on their blog.
And they started out their blog post with: "Thanks to the genius that is Casefile Clues (read my post about why you should subscribe to this wonderful genealogy tutorial resource"
Thanks for that reference, too!
What we are trying to do is something slightly different and I think our survey results indicated it is reasonating with readers. I'm trying to have Casefile Clues be more than what you get in the "mass-market" magazines and not quite as formal as one gets in the journals (although we are citing our sources and striving to improve our citation form). Hopefully we are hitting that target.
Keep in mind there is just one person making editorial decisions at Casefile Clues--me. Suggestions are always welcome and please share the news about Casefile Clues with others. Our survey indicates that half of you already have done that---and it is appreciated.
Feel free to blog about your experiences with Casefile Clues, share it with your website readers, etc. Every spreading of the word helps.
The map should have been tweaked slightly, but here are the results. Clicking on the image will pull up a larger picture.
The results really tended to follow general migration patterns across the United States, which was not all that surprising. It was nice to know though that my general assumptions were correct. It can be difficult to get an idea of where researchers are working when for a significant number all I know is their email address.
This gives me some direction for future areas. Keep in mind that articles focusing on methods are applicable to other regions besides the one they are specifically about although the sources used may be different. In some cases, differences are more pronounced for the following:
- frontier areas/settled areas
- relative position on the socio-economic scale
I've been trying to cover a variety of these groups in Casefile Clues articles. But remember, I almost always write about research I'm doing on my children's ancestry. They have great-great-great-grandparents born in the following locations:
- Ostfriesland, Germany
- Thuringen, Germany
- Coshocton County, Ohio (with Maryland and Pennsylvania ancestry)
- Canada (with New England ancestry)
- somewhere in Missouri (with Heaven only knows ancestry-see I have those, too!)
- Rush County, Indiana (with Virginia and Kentucky ancestry)
- Clinton County, New York (with French-Canadian ancestry)
- Adams County, Illinois (with Ostfriesen ancestry)
- Hancock County, Illinois (with German ancestry--via Ohio)
- Ostergotland, Sweden
- Mercer County, Illinois (with Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey ancestry)
- East Flanders, Belgium
- Scott County, Iowa (with Bavarian, Thuringian, and Swiss ancestry)
- County Cumberland, England (via Chicago, Illinois)
- Chariton County, Missouri (with Tennessee ancestry)
- Linn County, Missouri (with Tennessee ancestry)
- Mercer County, Kentucky
And cousins who scattered throughout the United States.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Every day a new genealogy tip is posted, often from things I've been writing about for Casefile Clues. Tip of the Day is where I host ads, so feel free to click on a few and make purchases. As always, there are no ads on the Casefile Clues website.
32 is a discussion of what to do when there apparently is no probate record. As usual, it's not aimed for complete beginners. A few readers indicated they hadn't done too much with probate records and that this was giving them some ideas and impetus to get started. We'll have more indepth studies of probate records in coming issues.
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Monday, March 8, 2010
Casefile Clues is written by a genealogist for genealogists. As a result, focus on research is our top priority and I'm usually aware of what works and what doesn't. Our proofreader also is a very highly experienced genealogist. Neither of us are new to research. I've been researching my family history long before I ever started writing ( I was 13 when I began my family research). For me Casefile Clues and my writing began as a way to hone my research skills and share my research experiences with others.
Casefile Clues accepts no advertising and isn't selling anything either (other than back issues). Consequently there are no advertisers I have to worry about keeping happy. I don't have to mention certain products or services every so often, nor do I have to plug specific websites, books, etc. If I mention a site, book, etc. it is because I actually used it, not because someone told me to. Not having sponsors is very freeing.
In many ways Casefile Clues is a one-person show, but there are exceptions.* I don't have anyone with minimal genealogical experience looking over my shoulder, approving content, making suggestions,telling me what to do, telling me what to write about, etc. Decisions about content, style, etc. are made by me. There isn't anyone else from whom I have to get approval, permission, etc. when I decide to write about something. Some genealogy "how-to" magazines have non-genealogists making content and editorial decisions. That's not the case at Casefile Clues. *The exception is the fact that Sue H. is a great help as my proofreader and she is a great asset (interestingly enough, we've never met in person). We also get help from R. M. which is greatly appreciated.
Casefile Clues is reliant on reader support to spread the news. I know there are several who have helped us by telling others about the newsletter. That is greatly appreciated.
We've got some interesting things coming up over the next few months. Join us and get in on the fun.
Friday, March 5, 2010
Genealogy is a constant history lesson. This is part of the "Employe's Record Card" for Thomas Frame dated 4 September 1909. It contains information that was furnished to the Immigration Commission.
It indicates Frame was a 71 year old painter, born in England. The card was not completed, but there is more information on it than what is shown here. An upcoming issue of Casefile Clues will discuss this and other records from the Pullman Company's employment files in more detail.
I'm starting to go through the Pullman employment records for Louis DeMar--one of my Chicago area problem people. The image included with this post the signature of Louis DeMar as shown in his employment record.
An additional challenge will be in coming up with citations for these records. We will be discussing these records in more detail in an upcoming issue of Casefile Clues.
Thursday, March 4, 2010
- Louis DeMar, born 1862
- Thomas Frame, born 1838
- William Frame, born 1888
Regular readers know that in this family the records could be pivotal. William Frame disappears ca. 1918 and there could be information in these records that documents his existence or residence location after that date.
Louis DeMar was born in New York, moved to Chicago by 1909 and (I think) returned to Chicago by 1930. We're fine tuning some details on him too and will update as time and information allows.
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Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
44% of Casefile Clues subscribers said they already had recommended Casefile Clues to another researcher.
Those are numbers I'm very happy about. And I appreciate those who have helped to spread the news about Casefile Clues.
More newsletter survey results on the way....