Thursday, April 29, 2010
Having located people from a variety of ethnic backgrounds and areas in the 1870 census, much of the discussion of the search for John applies to more than just people who were natives of the same area of Europe as him.
We'll see how my search was organized, both with maps and charts to help me. I simply can't type his name in a search box and find him.
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Wednesday, April 28, 2010
- I have his christening record.
- I know when he arrived in the US (have the manifest).
- I know when he declared his intent to become a citizen.
- I know when he filed a homestead claim in Nebraska.
- I know when he abandoned that claim.
- I know when he married.
- I have dates and places of birth for all his children.
- I have deeds for all his property in Illinois.
- I have his 1880, 1900-1920 enumerations for the census.
- I have his death certificate.
- I have seen his tombstone.
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Tuesday, April 27, 2010
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Monday, April 26, 2010
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- 39--Multiple Marias--Analyzing more than one 1893 obituary for a Swiss immigrant in Iowa.
- 38--From their Mouth to Your Screen. Discusses all the "filters" information passes through.
- 37--Pullman Car Company Employment Records. Discusses several employment records from the Pullman Car Company in Chicago. Discusses William Apgar, Thomas Frame, Louis DeMar.
- 36--Where are they in 1840? Analyzes an individual who is "missing" from an 1840 census. Includes a discussion of how he was "found" and how land records actually solved the problem. Discusses Abraham Wickiser.
- 35--A 1910 Birth. Analyzes primary and secondary sources for a date and place of birth in 1910 and how differences might not be all that different. Discusses Ida Trautvetter.
- 34--Ready to Go? Discusses some things to contemplate regarding your genealogy material before you die.
- 33--Where there is a Will there is Confusion. Analyzes an early 19th century will from Maryland and what the different bequests likely mean and what potentially brought them about. Also discusses different ways some things can be interpreted. Discusses John DeMoss.
- 32--When There is No Probate. Some things to think about when there is no probate file.
- 31--Analyzing the Mortgage. Discusses an 1870 era mortgage in Illinois. Discusses John Ufkes and Rolf Habben.
- 30--Behind the Scenes Chaos. Discusses the importance of thinking about what "caused" a record to be recorded.
- 29--Un-American Activity. Discusses an invesigation by the fore-runner of the FBI into a German-American family in World War I. Discusses the Fecht family.
- 28--Do You Ear What I Ear? Discusses things to remember about how things are heard.
- 27--Analyzing Andrew Trask. Discusses work on an Mass. native (born ca. 1814) who lived in St. Louis, southern-Illinois, and western Illinois where he died in the 1880s. Focuses on analyzing and working on later records to discern patterns, etc. Discusses Andrew Trask.
- 26--Using Google Books.
- 25--Finding Valentine. Steps in locating a man whose only real mention is in an 1870 era estate settlement. Discusses how I organized my search for him.
- 24--The Brick Wall is in Your Head. Talks about ways you may have made your own genealogical brick wall.
- 23--You Ask and I Wonder. Things that pop in my head when a person asks a certain genealogical question.
- 22--Crossing the Pond.
- 21--One Clipping Leads to More.
- 20--Organizing 1870 Census Search
- 19--Public Sale
- 18--Analyzing the Biography
- 17--Working with the Professional. Getting started with the professional genealogist who is performing Chicago area work for me.
- 16--A Lot from Barbara's Lot. Clues from a series of records on a small lot in a town in rural Illinois betwen 1856 and 1905.
- 15--Finding Gesche's Girls. Tracking down an "evaporating" German native who "condensed" somewhere in the United States.
- 14--Jumpstarting Your Research. Just some ideas to get you started.
- 13--Brick Walls and the Census Taker
- 12--The Heirs Complete the Homestead
- 11--Is the Wrong Name Correct?
- 10--Connecting the Iras. Working to determine if two men of the same name are the same man.
- 09--Pre-1850 Census Analysis. Analzing pre-1850 census records for a family to determine the household structure. Discusses Thomas and Sarah Sledd.
- 08--Platting Out Thomas Sledd's Heirs. Platting out the estate division of the Thomas Sledd estate in Kentucky in the 1830s. Discusses Thomas Sledd family.
- 07--Looking for Ira's Lucretia. Working on my "brick wall" Ira through his sister Lucretia. mid-to-late nineteenth century work.
- 06--The Civil War Pension file of Riley Rampley. An overview of a Union Civil War pension record.
- 05--Finding a Chicago Christening. How a 1913 era Chicago christening record was found. Discusses Anna Apgar.
- 04--Multiple Parents
- 03--Preemption Claim. The Missouri pre-emption land claim of John Lake. Discusses John Lake.
- 02--Passport Records. Discusses an early twentieth century passport application. Discusses Robert Frame.
- 01--Lessons from an Estate Record. Analyzes an 1870 era Illinois set of estate records.
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Sunday, April 25, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
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We have several topics coming up over the next several months:
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- Discussion of whether Michael should get pension, bounty land, and service records on three War of 1812 veterans.
- Continuation of Michael's search for the parents of Ira Sargent, born ca. 1846 in Canada and dropped off by the UFO into Illinois in 1880.
- A continuation of our series on the Frame/Apgar-Demar family of Chicago, including name changes, "evaporating husbands," and more.
- Work on Sarah [---] Willis Hudson Rush Turberville who died in Orange County, Virginia, in the 1760s.
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Thursday, April 22, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
He owned the newspaper in Thomas County, Kansas before he started globetrotting and I've decided to review the microfilm of the newspaper for key events in his life to see how they were mentioned. Philip made national news several times and hopefully his local newspaper had more to say about him.
Stay tuned....I don't think I'm done with the Philip story yet.
He's indexed with a last name of Tronttefitter. He was found by searching for men whose name started with "Chris" in Thomas County, Kansas.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
- 1860-Wilcox, Hancock County, Illinois, page 84.
- 1870-Warsaw, Hancock County, Illinois, page 4.
- 1895--Colby, Thomas County, Kansas, page 12.
- 1900-Morgan Township, Thomas County, Kansas, Sheet 2B
- 1910-Colby City (3rd "class), Thomas County, Kansas, Sheet 7A
Monday, April 19, 2010
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Saturday, April 17, 2010
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Friday, April 16, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
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- Issue 38--A little speculative fiction
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- Issue 42--Finding John's missing thirtysome acres
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Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
- A missing 1840 census entry
- Pullman Company employment records
- World War I Alien Registrations
- A Brick Wall Ancestor born in 1814
- Analyzing a 1870 Mortgage
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Monday, April 12, 2010
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Sunday, April 11, 2010
Topeka Genealogy Society Seminar, 24 April 2010
- The Oft-Married Sarah
- Female Ancestors: After the Marriage
- Barbara's Beaus and Gesche's Girls
- Widows Denied-Pensions for Widows and What they Can Tell You
Southern California Family History Jamboree, 11-13 June 2010
- Restacking the Blocks: Organizing Your Information
- From New Jersey to Ohio: Establishing an Early Nineteenth Century Migration Trail
- Pig Blood in the Snow: Court Records Can Solve Problems
Family History Expos-Loveland, Colorado 25 & 26 June 2010
- Searching Tips and Tricks
- Where Did the Farm Go
- Where Do I Go From Here?
- Restacking the Blocks: Organizing Your Information
- Using Probate Manuals and State Statute
- Barbara, Nancy and Antje-Three Midwestern Women and Their Records
- Pig Blood in the Snow-Court Records Can Solve Problems
- Organizing Your Information
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Casefile Clues focuses on American research, but we discuss immigrants into the United States and every so often we discuss our beginning work on a family across the pond. And sometimes our work across the pond is a little beyond the beginning stages as well. As always the focus is on the process and much of that is applicable anywhere.
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Briefly, here is what is known relative to Johann's 1870 census enumeration:
- Johann came to the United States in March of 1869, per his entry on a ship manifest.
- Within a few weeks of his arrival in New York, Johann was living near Golden, Adams County, Illinois, where he would work as a hired man.
- On 19 August 1871, Johann filed a declaration of intent to become a citizen in Hancock County, Illinois.
- On 4 Sept 1872, Johann was in Franklin County, Nebraska, when and where he filed a homestead claim.
- By 20 Nov 1873, Johann has abandoned his homestead claim in Franklin County, Nebraska, and locals there do not know his whereabouts.
- On 10 March 1874, Johann marries Noentje Grass in Hancock County, Illinois.
Johann could easily have been enumerated under the first name of John, Jann, Jann, or Janns.
Because of patronymics in the area in which he was from, John could have been enumerated with last name other than Ufkes. These last names are:
I'll post citation information for the chronology later or when the research results (or process, even if unsuccessful) appears in an upcoming issue of Casefile Clues.
If we find him, we will post the citation for the 1870 census here, even if you don't subscribe to the newsletter, blog viewers will still be able to see how he was located.
Note: I posted this because Tina S. on Facebook asked about my 1870 census "problem" and this problem was simply too long for a Facebook post.
Saturday, April 10, 2010
- The Pullman State Historic Site
- Pullman Historic District-the Historic Pullman Foundation
- The Pullman Car Company-Wikipedia
Both Thomas and his son Ralph were employed by Pullman during the Great Strike of 1894.
Our focus in 37 is on the records and what they have to say about the individuals being researched.
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Friday, April 9, 2010
Also created a chart analyzing his age in the employment records to determine if those ages are consistent. In a later issue of Casefile Clues I will compare those ages with others.
Scans of records are included in the article. Issue 37 discusses the goals I had for those records, how those goals were (or were not met) and where further research should be directed.
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Wednesday, April 7, 2010
I usually answer questions about missing issues first, errors in the newsletter second, and then I go from there. Any compliments on the newsletter are immediately forwarded to my Mother and printed and framed (just a little humor there...).
Seriously, if you don't hear from me within a couple of days please send a reminder email. Sometimes other things come up or if I'm travelling responses may be delayed.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
One person I'm hoping to do some work on is Philip Troutfetter. I've blogged about him several times, but never written about him in the newsletter. That is something I hope to do. Philip owned a newspaper in western Kansas, homesteaded in Kansas and Colorado, was divorced in Colorado, found a couple girlfriends outside Denver (while he was married), traveled to Cuba and Columbia, and died at his parents' home in Colby, Kansas in his early 40s.
I forgot to mention he was arrested in Boston.
He appears in the Kansas Biographical Name Index. I'm debating how to best spend my time in Topeka and will post updates as I make decisions. Hopefully that helps someone.
I'll try and post an update on Philip's parents who took him and his siblings to Thomas County, Kansas.
Philip and my great-grandfather George A. Trautvetter, were first cousins. George A.'s life did not generate nearly as many records as did his cousin's.
In reviewing the card record images to put on the website, I realized there was one follow up question I forgot to include which would go something like this--
"Is there any significance to the dates on the three quitclaim deeds to William Wickiser?" Of course, the parents are likely deceased by the dates of these deeds, but there may be significance beyond that. Someone else might have died, or turned of age, etc.
It is interesting to note that the three quitclaim deeds are not on the same date."
This image is one of the complete cards that was used to create the table of land records that was included in issue 37 of Casefile Clues.
Clicking on the image will pull up a larger version of it.
This is the first card from where Abraham purchased the entire 100 acres of lot ten in Harlem Township, Delaware County, Ohio.
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Monday, April 5, 2010
We'll be posting some snippets from the article here over the next few days, but the real discussion will be in the newsletter. As mentioned before three of my children's ancestors were employed by the Pullman Car Company at one point or another--two for over 30 years and one was still working there at the age of 71!
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Sunday, April 4, 2010
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Saturday, April 3, 2010
"I've been enjoying Michael's weekly Casefile Clues articles - he's up to Week 35 now and the collection is helpful and illuminating."
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- Using Google Books
- Analyzing pre-1850 census records
- Beginning my work with a professional researcher
- Analyzing a 1910 place of birth
- Finding a 1913 Chicago christening record
- Analyzing a late 19th century estate settlement
- Analyzing a land partition in 1830s Kentucky
- Brick Walls from A to Z
- Analyzing a Homestead Claim
- Finding Geske and her Girls
- Is that Wrong Name Correct?
- Jumpstarting Your Research
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- Pullman Company Employment Records
- Update on Hiring a Professional
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- Getting Beyond the 1850 Census
- Finding John Michael's missing 37 acres
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I have written on a variety of individuals in earlier issues:
- the elusive Ira Sargent, born ca. 1843 in Canada
- Andrew Trask, born ca. 1814 in Mass, and who lived in Illinois and St. Louis
- the vague will of John DeMoss from Harford County, Maryland
- missing Abraham Wickiser in the Ohio 1840 census
- the ever frustrating Frame/Apgar/Demar family in Chicago
- the Sledds of Kentucky
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Friday, April 2, 2010
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Thursday, April 1, 2010
This is really the land transaction that really started my research on the Wickisers in Delaware County, Ohio. That research eventually moved to Abraham Wickiser, father of Lucinda. In issue 36 of Casefile Clues, I discuss the search for Abraham which centered on these deeds.