Saturday, July 31, 2010
Issue 51 includes images from the file, transcription of key documents, abstracts of key points of others and analysis. Citations are also included.
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Off to work on issue 52.
Friday, July 30, 2010
An online index to Vernon County materials indicated there was estate information for Benjamin in the 1880s. The Missouri State Archives has located the records on their microfilm and sent an email in response to my request.
I've ordered the copies and will be posting an update when they arrive.
We'll include the search procedure, why I think this is the same person who was in Davis County, Iowa in 1870 and what the contents of the file were.
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Thursday, July 29, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
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I'll only be processing new subscriptions as they happen. I'll take care of renewals and sending out notices when I get caught up.
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Tuesday, July 27, 2010
I'm getting back on obtaining those records, but that takes a little more work.
Posting to the fan page on Facebook won't necessarily reach me all that fast sometimes as there are times when I don't check the fan page daily.
Friday, July 23, 2010
I am a new subscriber to Casefiles, and I have learned a great deal.
I want to tell you I believe I finally found a Census record for my Grandfather in 1870. Using suggestions from your newsletter and your tips, I explored the 1880 Census for families that lived near the target family, checking for those that had immigrated from the same or nearby area. I checked to see if they had a child over ten that had been born in the state. I selected 3 possible names, and did a search for one, and found the family living near the same area. Because the name I was looking for has many, many possibilities, I decided to find the family and search 10 pages forward and back. The 10 forward were not successful, but about 5 pages back, I believe I found the family, and there no way I would have found it from the indexers spelling. The first names, ages, and place of birth all matched. I now have one more piece of my puzzle, with many more to go.
Thank you for giving me, a way to focus in on my search. I am looking forward to the coming issues.
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Wednesday, July 21, 2010
In celebration of our first year coming to a close, we're offering a year of Casefile Clues at $15. Back issues 1-50 can be purchased as well at $15, which is the lowest price we've had on back issues.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Friday, July 16, 2010
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Thursday, July 15, 2010
All of my sessions were supposed to be recorded, but I only saw two on the website:
- FR010-Restacking the Blocks-Organizing Your Data
- SA-031-From NJ to OH-Establishing a 19th Century Migration Trail
The website is http://jamb-inc.com/
I can't make any direct links to the Jamboree (sorry!). Let me know if you have difficulty ordering any tapes.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
I've been writing in Casefile Clues recently about Benjamin Butler who appears in the 1870 Davis County, Iowa Federal Census as shown in this post.
Notice that he has a nine year old child Charles, who is said to have been born in Kansas around 1861.
There is a land patent in Anderson County, KS in 1860 issued in the name of Benjamin F. Butler, which can be viewed here as PDF file.
This may be the same guy I'm not certain at this point. In an upcoming issue of Casefile Clues we'll see how I'm working to determine if the Benjamin on the patent could be the Benjamin in 1870 in Davis County, Iowa. It can be challenging trying to connect identities when individuals are constantly on the move.
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Tuesday, July 13, 2010
This entry from Port Huron, St. Clair, Michigan may be the Benjamin Butler in 1870 in Davis County, Iowa. The age matches, the 1850 location is consistent, but other details do not match exactly and the problem is that even if the 1850 Benjamin is the 1870 Benjamin, the children in the 1850 Benjamin's household have all "aged out" and he has new ones by 1870. Probably has a new wife as well.
A future issue will discuss my work on comparing these two men and how it was done. Right now, I'm not certain whether I'll conclude that they are the same or not. But we'll write up the research and the process.
Saturday, July 10, 2010
This is part of the land patent that really got me researching again on Levi Rhodes. The Tennessee native obtained federal land in Missouri as partially shown here.
In issue 49 of Casefile Clues, we'll discuss the additional records that were located after this patent.
And we'll have a complete citation for the patent. Issue 49 has quite a few citations--but they enhance the discussion and don't take away from it. If you're not citing your own research, how do you know where you obtained anything?
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Friday, July 9, 2010
Slight problem--there are over 300 pages of documents. This is high since there is not even a widow's application.
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Thursday, July 8, 2010
A secondary source in the file indicates his service was from 13 November 1814 until 2 June 1815. The file indicates this was 202 days of service. The website Wolfram Alpha indicates it was 201 days--maybe they are not counting the "start" day and the "end" date--but that's just a guess right now.
View what Wolfram Alpha has to say about the date range here: http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=13+November+1814+to+2+June+1815
It indicates Rhodes enlisted on a Sunday. Am wondering if that was typical?
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Wednesday, July 7, 2010
I will be the featured speaker at the Tennessee Genealogical Society's seminar on 16 October 2010 in Germantown, Tennessee. The following topics will be presented:
- Organization of Information: Seeing the Patterns
- Notetaking, Abstracting, and Extracting
- Brick Walls From A to Z
- Pre-1850 Census Records: Analyzing and Reconstructing Family Structure
Wish I had a little time to research my wife's Tennessee family while there, but that probably won't happen.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Monday, July 5, 2010
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Sunday, July 4, 2010
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Saturday, July 3, 2010
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Friday, July 2, 2010
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I've long been a big fan of chains of migration and the fact that not everyone took the same past across the country. I know that it's interesting to know how immigrants got across the country after landing, but if they went right from the port of arrival to Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, or wherever, if they took the train or ship didn't interest me THAT much.
What I was more interested in was:
- why they settled where they did
- who came before them
- who came after them
And these questions are just as applicable to migrants from upstate New York to northern Illinois and into southern Iowa as they are for Germans to central Illinois.
And, as regular readers of Casefile Clues know, I've got some migrants with some interesting paths of migration that I'm still working on figuring out. Hopefully I'll have updates on these in future issues of Casefile Clues.
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Thursday, July 1, 2010
The collection contains a letter he wrote (under an alias) from the Columbian jungle in 1900 to a friend back in Havana, Cuba. A regular reader of Casefile Clues sent me a copy of the letter, which briefly describes his adventures, somewhat under the shroud of secrecy.
Troutfetter mentions arriving in Baranquilla, Columbia and then heading inland. We'll post some information about the letter on the blog later. Down the road we'll have an update on Philip--subscribe now and get in on the fun.