Michael John Neill's weekly genealogy how-to column.
Friday, July 8, 2011
Providence Brought Him to the County Poor Farm
The third entry in this image is what brought one of the Smiths to the Mercer County, Illinois, poor farm in 1875. The most recent article of Casefile Clues discusses this individual and other probable members of his family. Poor farm records are not always on the top of everyone's research list, but there are times where they come in handy, particularly for those families who might not own property and appear in land, estate, and similar records.