Thursday, January 27, 2011

Court Martial in Mesilla, Arizona, 1860s

The image shown with this blog post is a National Archives ARC search result for Joshua Sledd who appears to have been court-martialed (or something) in Mesilla, Arizona, in the 1860s.

I'm not precisely certain who this Joshua Sledd is, but a preliminary bit of sleuthing indicates he was born about 1810 in Virginia. The last name of Sledd is not all that common and I do have Sledd ancestors in Amherst County, Virginia, until about 1820 or so. There's a good chance he's reasonably closely related to my Thomas Sledd who married Sally/Sarah Tinsley in Amherst County in the 1790s.

I've sent an inquiry to the National Archives for a price quote for the file. We'll have updates here as the records are located and we'll feature them in a issue of Casefile Clues as soon as possible.

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4 comments:

  1. Hi Michael,
    I'm curious what process lead you to do a National Archives ARC search for Joshua Sledd. You got an interesting hit on him. But with dozens or hundreds of individuals on one's genealogical list, running them through the ARC search is very time consuming. And for me, at least, I'm turning up nothing. Did you have a lead that suggested that search site and that guy?

    BobG

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  2. Actually I didn't. I put in the less common names first and then scan the results for any that match what I know about various family members. I searched for George Drollette as I knew he had worked for the government and had travelled overseas. Otherwise I just have a list of names and every so often I work through them, marking off the ones for which I search.

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  3. That's a good idea to have a name list, and in particular to have the least common (lowest return-clutter) ones at the top. I don't have such a list and so just pull names off the top of my head, but it would be better to be more systematic and hence more thorough.

    BobG

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  4. A simple table in Word or spreadsheet in Excel would work--although a person could make it as complicated as you wanted. You could copy and paste search terms as you performed searches if that works best. I like a printed out copy of the chart, which I update periodically and print out a fresh copy, but that's just me.

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