Thursday, July 7, 2011

One Smith Family

We begin what will likely be an ongoing series on the Smith family of Mercer County, Illinois. Our work on this family will start out with a somewhat unusual poorhouse entry for 9 women in 1875. We'll see how it suggests a family structure that is partially evidenced by other records.

This is an excellent family where haste in entering relationships in a database is a huge mistake.

Part of the difficulty with this family is that many of the births take place before vital records. It doesn't help that the packet of a papers from a court case in 1875 are missing and will likely never be found either.

This one has several surprises along the way--I know a bit more about the family than appears in the next issue, but not too much.

Stay tuned.

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