Michael John Neill's weekly genealogy how-to column.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Examiner Searches Local Records
Part of the Special Examiner's Report in the Emmar (Sargent) Osenbaugh pension file indicates that he has searched local records in an attempt to validate some of the statements Emmar makes. In this case, it was able to use the notations he made to locate actual records. In some cases though, reports such as these may be the only record that exists, if the local copies are no longer in existence. If so then this record would be the one that we cited.
And of course that citation would indicate that we had never seen the actual record, but only a report made from research several decades after--including the date of the report.
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