Sunday, May 30, 2010
Issue 44 will be in your inbox sometime this week. I'll announce it here and on Facebook when it goes out.
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Friday, May 28, 2010
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We'll look at it in light of the likely accuracy of things and the numerous sources that are suggested based upon the report. Of course, the investigator didn't cite any sources in the report. We may even pull in a few short quotes from Evidence Explained in our analysis.
Subscribe today and get in on the start of an ongoing series on Philip. As you'll see there's definitely a lot of research that can be done on him. And it goes to show that not all boys from western Kansas lead a mundane existence!
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Thursday, May 27, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
(I've posted this before, but it bears repeating).
Ancestry.com and other online sites only SCRATCH the surface. And remember, genealogy is a BIG ITCH--scratching is never enough!
Sunday, May 23, 2010
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I'll be in Salt Lake for my annual group trip and am hoping to pick up some new information for upcoming issues of Casefile Clues.
Google books only gave me enough information to determine the marriage is included in a series of twentysome books.
The Family History Library in Salt Lake has the set of actual books. I'm putting them on my "to-do" list and hopefully will have an update for readers later.
Google Books doesn't always give the complete information, particularly for books that are still in copyright. But as was pointed out in the article, some information can be harvested from Google Books if you are creative.
In my case, enough was found to know that it's the "right" couple and that I really need to see the actual book.
It has been a while since my search for Ira Sargent was discussed in Casefile Clues. Based upon information discussed earlier, I'm going to make a more concerted effort to find his marriage focusing on counties along the Missouri-Illinois border, starting in the central area of the state and generally working eastward. The reasons for this may be clear from earlier issues, but a follow up article (whether I find the marriage or not) will discuss why this was the initial plan of attack.
Ira's likely father died young. I'll use information contained in the Sargent genealogy in an attempt to connect Ira and his siblings to earlier generations. This is one case where skipping a generation may actually help to fill in the blanks. This search will involve early to mid-eighteenth century New England records.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
In Multiple Johns (issue 42), the reason for the same named individuals was pretty obvious after it was discovered.
We're looking at including more pieces in the vein of separating out individuals of the same name. Keep in mind that it's not always possible to completely separate out two people with the same or similar names, especially if records are scant.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
We've slipping in a non-case study every 4 or so issues to help keep us on deadline. Hopefully once my June travels are over, we'll be doing a case study every week.
Monday, May 17, 2010
A style guide.
This will take time and stick-to-it-iveness on my part, but I'm going to start working on a style guide for the newsletter to encourage consistency. As always, Casefile Clues is evolving and changing as time goes on.
There are several individuals and problems that we've partially left "hanging." Over the summer, I hope to work on followup pieces to these earlier columns. In some cases there is more information, but still no real answers. However that is the way research goes.
Organizing information in different ways is an important part of genealogy methodology. I've got some ideas for charts that have not been in the newsletter and others that I want to include more often. I'm going to try and incorporate at least one type of analysis chart in each column. Readers who have ideas for charts or organizational approaches they would like to see are welcome to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Topics that we've bypassed.
There are a few topics that were on the list of "upcoming" topics that got moved to the backburner when life intervened and time grew short. Sometimes deadline just seem to creep up. Hopefully over the summer, I'll be able to wrap these items up and get out issues devoted to them. Sometimes I have a hard time imagining I've written as many columns as I have and still have all the things on my "to do" list to write about.
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Saturday, May 15, 2010
- After their spouses died, A married B.
- Five years later, the daughter of A marries the son of B.
- A few years down the road, the granddaughter of A marries the son of B.
- And before A and B ever married, the daughter of A married a 2nd cousin of B.
Casefile Clues tries to have appropriate, easy to interpret illustrations. This one may be a little difficult.
The family had two sons with the same first and last name and issue 42 explains how that happened and how it was discovered.
As usual, our analysis really goes beyond on the ethnic group of this family. Researchers should remember that the problems of social group and class cross all borders. And it is important to remember that problem-solving and tracking your assumptions is essential regardless of where your ancestors were from.
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Friday, May 14, 2010
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Thursday, May 13, 2010
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010
This is the 1870 census enumeration for the family whose 1880 census enumeration is partially discussed in issue 42 of Casefile Clues. Notice that there are two individuals with the same name in the household.
Part of what I'm struggling with in issue 42 is whether to tell the research "story" in the order it actually happened, or in a different order.
This 1870 enumeration was not located until after the questions the 1880 enumerations raised were answered with other sources. The 1870 was not located because the microfilm of the township where this family lived in 1870 was extremely difficult to read (translation--it looked like gray soup) and the family was not located. After Ancestry.com enhanced the digital images this entry was discovered.
I'll think about how to include this in the article, but there's not too much time as the proofreader will be looking for issue 42 in her inbox soon.
And what does that last name look like? That was a whole separate difficulty with this entry.
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Monday, May 10, 2010
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Sunday, May 9, 2010
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Saturday, May 8, 2010
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Wednesday, May 5, 2010
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Tuesday, May 4, 2010
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Monday, May 3, 2010
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Sunday, May 2, 2010
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Saturday, May 1, 2010
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This ancestor is fairly well documented in other records. That begs the question:
- is it really necessary to find him in 1870?
Or it may simply indicate he was living as a hired man in a township a slight distance from where he "should" have been and listed under a name that was not what I expected.
At any rate, if you want to see how the search was organized and the charts that were used, subscribe now and I'll start your subscription with issue 40. At $17 for 52 monthly issues, it's still a good bang for your genealogy buck!
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