Saturday, April 30, 2011

Casefile Clues Reader Survey Comments

Thanks for all the survey responses. I appreciate all those who took the time to answer questions and provide feedback.

We try and make Casefile Clues different from other genealogical how-to newsletters.

General response to comments:

We are looking to expand our coverage over the next few months, particularly with articles focusing on pre-1800 families. This will take just a little bit of time to get these in the queue as there are a few loose ends and citations that need to be cleaned up before those articles run live.

We are still running behind schedule and working to get caught up. I'm hesitant to churn out several "lite" articles just to get caught up.

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We are working on formatting and other issues to make the Kindle or e-reader version of Casefile Clues. There's a little more involved that just sending or someone else the PDF and have it distributed, since Kindle or someone else would be distributing the newsletter.

We are changing how we use the Fan Pages on Facebook.

We will continue to focus on problem-solving and will return to some of the families we discussed in earlier issues, particularly tracking the family of Ira Sargent into Michigan and New York State in the early 1800s. Problems on other people in other locations are in the works.

Readers liked not having ads in the newsletters and I like not having ads in the newsletters so that will not change. Traffic on the blog site in all honesty is not high enough to warrant time spent on ad placement and optimization--so that's not happening either.

If you like Casefile Clues, please consider sharing information about it with others. Our marketing efforts are being reduced for the time being so that I can focus on research and writing for the newsletter. Spreading the word to others helps and is greatly appreciated.

I received a lot of constructive feedback and we are working on incorporating that feedback into future issues and direction for Casefile Clues, but our general philosophy will not change. One reader even told me they checked up on my footnotes!

A few reader comments:

The broad spectrum of information - different subjects

Visual examples of the records referred to.

I get to read the thoughts of a professional genealogist as he attempts to solve the same issues that I face. A researcher can read all of the books possible but that is not as good as following the logic and experience of a professional as they walk through the problem step-by-step.

The depth of details. Too many articles hint you are going to know exactly how to do something by reading their article. Then you read it -- and it's all fluff or very beginner information. I appreciate the details you provide and HOW you get to them.

spreadsheets to demonstrate and record all variations of the searches; reminders of assumptions made vs. actual proven facts

the different topics that are covered

I like how you walk through your thought process in analyzing the information. Even though my family history is wildly different from yours, I find that I can extend the concepts to my research.

That it uses real cases to illustrate research strategies. Case studies are always my favorite type of genealogical article to read.

Outside the box thinking - step by step process

I can print the casefile out; take it with me to Dr. offices; work on it while waiting for an appointment...... etc.

Clearly explained theory with solid examples.

Only one? They give a fresh and sometimes new perspective which is always a good thing.

Seeing the way the research is written up and how it is laid out. I'm an analyst by trade, and it can be difficult for me to document things I do intuitively, so I'm learning by reading your newsletter (and thank you for it!).

The emphasis on the approach to a problem and the process of solving a problem.

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Explain the Discrepancies

The widow of James Rampley signed her name as Lizzie Rampley when initially applying for her widow's pension after his death. Two affidavits referred to James Rampley's widow as Nancy E. Rampley. The pension office noticed the difference and sent this letter back to Mrs. Rampley.

Shortly after the receipt of the letter, two more affidavits were filed, including one that explained the reason for the name difference.

This pension file was discussed in the most recent issue of Casefile Clues. Subscribe now and your subscription can begin with this issue.

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Friday, April 29, 2011

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

What Should Michael Research In Salt Lake Survey?

I'll be in Salt Lake City in late May for my annual group research trip. I usually allow a day and a half or two days for my own research. This year I'll be working on content for Casefile Clues articles and am soliciting direction from subscribers and blog readers. The survey can be accessed here. Keep in mind that I only research on my own families, but there are quite a few areas and problems covered in the survey.


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

How to Cite the Notary's Statement

This is a "complete" scan of the Bible statement from the Notary Public in James Rampley's pension file. We are working on creating a complete citation for this document for the issue in which it appears. There's really no "address" on the document, but there is a date of execution given and a date it was received by the Pension Office. There are quite a few similar documents in the Rampley pension file and our citation will have to distinguish this piece of paper from others in the pension file.

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Pension Record Mentions Family Bible

For issue 33 of Casefile Clues, we are looking at a Union Civil War pension file that for the most part is pretty typical. There is one statement from a local notary public who discusses the family bible that has been brought to him for evidence. Interestingly enough, much of his analysis is similar to what a genealogist would do, although he doesn't discuss primary or secondary information.
I just wish I knew where the bible was today. Apparently in 1913, James Rampley had it.

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Survey Results

Thanks to all who completed the Casefile Clues survey. I do appreciate the time that quite a few subscribers took to answer questions. I've been briefly reviewing the results to get a general feel before looking at them in more detail in the next few weeks.
  • There were issues with the maps in the survey. Unforunately, by the time I discovered the "draft" version was the one that went live, results had already been submitted and making corrections would have required a new survey which I didn't want to do.
  • We're making changes on how the Facebook Fan Pages are used, both for Casefile Clues and for Genealogy Tip of The Day.
  • There will be expanded content, geographically and timewise, but this will take a little time to get those pieces in the queue.
  • There won't be ads in the PDF version of the newsletter, largely because I simply don't want to mess with it.  I'm contemplating ads in the blog, but am not certain at this point.
  • Most things are not going to change, based upon the general feedback I received.
  • I am looking additional distribution formats, but that will have to wait.
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Issues Opening Issue 32?

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Monday, April 25, 2011

The 200+ Acre Farm of John Demoss Senior and Junior

This is the plat of John Demoss' farm that is included in the patent issued to John Demoss Junior in Harford County, Maryland, in 1802. The patent was located on the Maryland State Archives website. John Demoss Junior had another patent in Harford County as well. We'll see if this patent and that patent are adjacent properties. I'm also hoping to use the metes and bounds description in the property to see if a modern plat drawn from the description matches the plat shown here.

And there's a neighboring property mentioned in the description that has the same last name as John Demoss' wife.

Stay tuned.

Reader Survey on SurveyMonkey Closes Tonight

The Casefile Clues reader survey on Survey Monkey closes tonight at 9 Pacific time. If you are a subscriber, you should have received an email about the survey. If you need the survey link again, please email me at

I've already made some small, behind the scenes changes after initially reviewing some comments. Thanks for all your input. I do appreciate it.

Assigning my 1789 Patent

This image is from the 1789 survey done for John Demoss in Harford County, Maryland, for a tract of land called Demoss' Garden. The image in this blog post is John's transfer of that property to his son John Demoss Jr, done between the 22 June 1789 survey and the 16 July 1802 patent.

Nice little transfer here that indicates the father-son relationship. There are two tracts of Harford County land transferred from John Sr. to John Jr. I'm deciding which one will make a better Casefile Clues article.

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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Surveys Will Close Tomorrow

The Casefile Clues surveys that were sent to subscribers will close tomorrow at 9:00 p.m. west coast time--if you wanted to answer, please do so by then. If you didn't get the link email me at Thanks for the input and feedback. I appreciate it!

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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Issue 32 has been sent

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Friday, April 22, 2011

Reader Survey

Casefile Clues readers were went a survey link this afternoon. If you are a subscriber and did not receive your survey link, please let me know at Thanks.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Indirect Proof--But Is It Primary?

The next issue of Casefile Clues discusses an 1827 court case from Kentucky. In testimony that is a part of the record, the father and son testify about certain facts of the case. The son, along with another witness, make indirect statements that imply who his father is.

The father never really makes those statements. Chances are he is in the same room with his son when his son testifies. Does his presence in the room and the fact that he does not disagree with his son's statements make the statement from the son primary information?

Good question.

We'll have my take on the answer in the next issue of Casefile Clues.

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Same Signer or Similar Handwriting?

These two men signed one of the court papers in the great 1827 Fleming County, Kentucky pig murder that's the focus of issue 32 of Casefile Clues.

Question: Did the same person write both these signatures?

I'm not certain and the court documents only include the signatures, without commentary on them.

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The 1827 Pig Murder Jury

These men were apparent neighbors of William and Elijah Royce/Reese who were accused of slaughtering two pigs that were not theirs in Fleming County, Kentucky, in 1827.

We're going to start a series on the court records in this case beginning with the next issue of Casefile Clues. Can you read these names?

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Migrating to a New Distribution System

We're migrating to a new distribution system for the newsletter--which should not be noticed by subscribers. However, it's put me day or two further behind on the distribution schedule, but we're working on it!


Removing Expired People

I am removing expired subscriptions from the database today. If your subscription expired in February of 2011 or before, you'll be pulled from the list. Before I've been lax about doing this, but for a variety of reasons I need to clean up the distribution list and now am pulling names.

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Monday, April 18, 2011

The 1903 Stone of Franciska Trautvetter

No, the stone in this image is not supposed to say Franciska Trautvetter.

This is the stone of Barbara Haase (Franciska's mother), for which Barbara's estate paid no more than $30 in 1903 after her death. A stone for the same amount was to be placed on the grave of her Franciska Trautvetter who predeceased Barbara. Franciska's stone was discussed in an earlier post regarding the kind of information provided on the tombstone. It is clear that the stone now on Franciska's grave is not the one purchased in 1903 for $30.

And even if it were, a tombstone erected in 1903 probably would not be considered as providing primary information on the date of death for a death in 1888.

The problem is that we really don't know when tombstones were erected.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Is This Stone Primary or Secondary

We've talked about John M. and Franciska Trautvetter several times in Casefile Clues. This is a picture of their stone in the Bethany United Christ of Church Cemetery in Tioga, Hancock County, Illinois. Thinking outloud, there are four dates on this stone. The stone would not be primary for Francis' dates and John's birth. I know from other records that a $30 stone was put on Francis' grave in 1903 and this is not that stone. This one was put up after John's death. I'd be inclined to say the stone was a primary source for information on John's death. It would also be primary information on where the Trautvetters were buried.

If time allows and there's enough to write about, we may include an article on sourcing this stone, sourcing our picture of it, and discussing the various aspects of what primary and secondary information it provides.

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Has Your Subscription Expired?

We've let a few people slip through the expired status crack over the past month or so. As April wraps up, I'll be cleaning up the subscriber database and purging those whose subscriptions have expired.

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Friday, April 15, 2011

James' 10 acres

This image comes from the General Land Office Primer, published around 1921 and available as a PDF file on the BLM site. The portion of the image with the red would represent the 10 acre parcel discussed in issue 31 of Casefile Clues. The entire square in this image represents an entire section of real estate, one mile on a side--640 acres.

James' property was 10 acres, the west 1/2 of the parcel shown in this image. The deed we discussed in issue 31 was described with a metes and bounds description, but it could have been described also as the

west half of the west half of the northwest quarter of the northwest quarter.

The parcel in the diagram is the west half of the northwest quarter of the northwest quarter. The acreage of the parcel in the diagram is 20 acres. James' 10 acres, represented by the red mark was only the west half of that.

It's not necessary to plot parcels out in all cases, but when a family has multiple land dealings and sells off pieces to family over time, it can be helpful. If that's what happened in the Rampley family, we'll have maps in a follow up issue.

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Issue 31 Out

Issue 31 was just sent into cyber space.

Release of Homestead

The deed analyzed in the next issue of Casefile Clues contains a release of homestead, fairly typical for the time period. The image in this post includes a portion of the 1877 Illinois State Revised Statutes discussing the release of homestead and how it is to be recorded in a deed.

The release of homestead (or dower in earlier times) can be clues to the wife of the seller. In this case, the release contained no big revelations, but there are times where significant clues are contained in this part of the deed. 

Ten Acre Parcel

In the next issue of Casefile Clues we look at a deed for this apparent 10 acre parcel of land in 1878. The lot is too small for the 1874 plat book shown here to even list the entire name, but the deed to this 10 acres provided several clues about the husband and wife who owned it in 1878. The deed is slightly unusual, probably constructed the way it was to avoid probate.

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Monday, April 11, 2011

Anything Slightly Unusual About this Petition?

This petition to adminstrate the estate of Mimke Fecht comes from 1937 and lists his heirs-at-law at the time of his death. Readers with an eye for detail may notice something slightly strange about one of the names on this document. A few first names are spelled incorrectly, but that's not what may appear odd.

All last names are right. We'll have an update in a future issue of Casefile Clues--subscribe now and join the discovery.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Family History Library Trip Discount

For today only (10 April 2011), register for my Salt Lake Family History Library trip at a rate of $150. This includes private website to assist with pre-trip planning, help with problems via email/web before trip begins, consultations during time in library, morning presentations and on-the-fly help while we are at the library. Trip details are here--return to THIS page for discount links. Discount payment codes are not on our other web pages. Email Michael at with questions.

We've even waived the usual surcharge for credit card processing:

Lodging and transportation are separate. We stay at the Plaza--next door to library and have a discounted rate. This absolutely ends today! After that, the normal registration is in effect.

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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Last February Issue Went Out

Issue 30 was our last issue with a February 2011 date. If your subscription to Casefile Clues expired in February 2011 that was it .If you have questions about when your subscription expires, please let me know.

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Issue 30 is out!

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Clue in the Plat Map

This is a early 20th century plat map of section 22 in Prairie Township, Hancock County, Illinois. The property owned by M. M. Fecht is discussed in issue 30 of Casefile Clues, along with some commentary on title rights, inheritance, etc. The right-of-way of the railroad is mentioned very briefly in the case--actually not germane to the issues at hand, but it might be interesting to pursue at some future point in time.

What is interesting in this case is that the plat map tells me there were some transactions that took place after the court action that is discussed in issue 30--and based upon the court action those subsequent transactions may be interesting.

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Notations About Luggage on the Manifest

We discussed the Fecht family's manifest in issue 29 of Casefile Clues--here's a bigger screen shot of the manifest. This manifest indicates the luggage the family or individual has, providing some clues as to whose travelling with who if it was not already obvious. The Fechts had 2 cases. In this case, the brackets used to indicate who has what cases, aren't entirely precise as can be seen with Hinrich Fecht and another apparent husband on line 264. But the image does serve to make an illustration. The Fecht family arrived in June of 1868 in New York on the Auguste.

Bruns Family Arrives in America in 1869

I'm working on the neighbors to Henry Jacobs in the 1870 Hancock County, Illinois, census and as part of that have found Ubbe Bruns in an 1869 passenger manifest (the Hansa, which arrived in New York on 30 August 1869). He is listed as Ulke, which really isn't Ubbe, but we'll make the case that it's the right family in an upcoming issue of Casefile Clues. For reasons that aren't known, the family's entry is split on the manifest. The last column indicates the family was arriving in steerage.

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Sunday, April 3, 2011

Charts from Issue 29

This is a minimized version of a chart I used in issue 29 to analyze several documents that were located on the person being researched. Sometimes it is really helpful to see things side by side to make the comparison. Issue 29 has the entire chart and the analysis that went along with it.
I'm also a big believer that not everything has to be done on a computer. The family history that was discussed in issue 29 as the stepping point for further research was used to quickly create a chart showing the relationships. This was used as research progressed in a variety of ways discussed in issue 29. Sometimes pencil and paper are faster.

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Saturday, April 2, 2011

Group Trip to Salt Lake In May of 2011

As a short reminder, I'm leading a group research trip to the Family History Library in Salt Lake this May. Going  with a group can be a great way to have your first (or second) library research experience. There's more details on our trip on my website at:


Friday, April 1, 2011

Upcoming Topics

Here is what we are working on for the next several issues of Casefile Clues. Bascially we're tying up some loose ends and finishing some things that have been lingering for a while.

  • Will Denied--why a 1880 era will was denied probate--gets into exhaustive searches, viewing things in chronology and looking at legal motivation. 
  • Confederate Claim in New Mexico--we'll look at Joshua's Sledd claim filed in Mesilla, New Mexico, in the 1860s. Hopefully we'll have later updates on him there as well. 
  • Benjamin and Nancy Butler family update--we'll see how research has continued on this family although we probably still won't have Benjamin in 1860. 
  • Henry's 1870 Census Neighbors--we'll look at Henry Jacobs 1870 census neighbors and see what clues are learned from that family. 
  • Sourcing Enoch Tinsley's Birth--we analyzed several records to determine when Enoch and his children were born. We'll look at sourcing when our analysis leads us to a conclusion and not just one record points to the date of an event. 

Sunday (3 April 2011) Combination Special

Back to our regular subscription price of $17. $5 off the normal subscription price. No mail in orders for this offer. This is the offer that was mentioned in the Genealogy Tip of the Day.

Year 2 topics here--you can purchase back issues.
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Year 2 Topics Issues 1-37

Topics from the first 37 issues of year 2 are shown below (purchase for only $12)
  • Volume 2-Number 1--Problem-Solving--a variety of techniques for breaking through those brick walls.
  • Volume 2-Number 2--A 1907 Committal--An insanity record.
  • Volume 2-Number 3--A 1921 Divorce--looking at a 1921 era divorce from Chicago
  • Volume 2-Number 4--Leaving John's Hands: Documenting Post-Death Land Transfers
  • Volume 2-Number 5--The Acquisition of John Michael Trautvetter's 228 Acres
  • Volume 2-Number 6--The Original Versus the Record Copy
  • Volume 2-Number 7--Multiple Marriage Mayhem:
    Starting the Search for Emma (Sargent) Pollard Ross Oades Pollard Snavly Olenbaugh
  • Volume 2-Number 8--A Handful of Problem-Solving Strategies
  • Volume 2-Number 9--Two-Thirds of an Acre from Uncle John: A Partition Suit Proves a Sibling Relationship
  • Volume 2-Number 10--A Minimal Estate Gives Some Direction: The 1886-1888 Probate of Benjamin Butler
  • Volume 2-Number 11--Signing What We Could Not Read--immigrants unable to read English sign a 1870 era document that is incorrect and a lawsuit results.
  • Volume 2-Number 12--Dad Raised my Daughter--A newspaper account of a court case in the 1880s discusses an early 1870 out-of-wedlock birth.
  • Volume 2-Number 13--Using the 1860 Census to Formulate a Passenger List Search Strategy
  • Volume 2-Number 14--Search Strategy for Benjmamin Butler in pre-1870 Census Records--this looks at ways to find the missing 1850 and 1860 census enumerations for man who "appears" in Iowa in 1870.
  • Volume 2-Number 15--Pre-1850 Census--analyzing 1810-1840 census entries for Thomas Chaney in Bedford County, Pennsylvania.
  • Volume 2-Number 16--Names in the Probate--analyzing various names in a probate settlement from 1903. Nicknames and diminutives were part of the problem.
  • Volume 2-Number 17--Bridging a Twenty-Year Census Gap-1870 to 1860. Showing that an 1870 Iowa, 1880 Missouri, and an 1850 Michigan enumeration are for the same man.
  • Volume 2-Number 18--Four Passports and a Foreign Death: George Washington Drollette. Analyzes four early 20th century passports and a US State Department death report from 1933.
  • Volume 2-Number 19--Diplomatic Employment Applications. Analyzes and summaries letters of support for employment with the US State Department between 1901-1906.
  • Volume 2-Number 20--Just One Wife Who Shaves Her Age. Records hinted that a man might have had more than one wife. Despite age discrepancies and first name variations, we've likely proven that there was just one wife.
  • Volume 2-Number 21--1930 Census: Primary, Secondary, Original, Derivative, Direct and Indirect. You'll never look at a census entry the same way again-also shows how in this case, New York became Kentucky
  • Volume 2-Number 22--Finding the Biegers in 1850. Organizing our search and our negative search results in an attempt to find a German immigrant living in Cincinnati in 1850.
  • Volume 2-Number 23--Separating Two George Butlers--working on two men born in Michigan in the same year with a father of the same name.
  • Volume 2-Number 24-A Minor Naturalization
  • Volume 2-Number 25-Genealogical Potpourri
  • Volume 2-Number 26-Looking for Benjamin-Formulating a Census Search
  • Volume 2-Number 27-An 1849 Cash Land Sale
  • Volume 2-Number 28-From 1820-1870 Analyzing Enoch Tinsley's Census Entries
  • Volume 2-Number 29-Middle Name Issues: Finding Henry J. Fecht in 1870 and Passenger Lists
  • Volume 2-Number 30-The Master Reports--An Assignment of Homestead and Dower in the 1890s
  • Volume 2-Number 31-The Parents Sell 10 Acres-an 1880 era land transaction
  • Volume 2-Number 32-Clues from a Pig Murder--an 1820 era Kentucky Court Case
  • Volume 2-Number 33-Civil War Pension Application-Why My Name's Different
  • Volume 2-Number 34-Staying Focused on Divorces and a German Immigrant
  • Volume 2-Number 35-Strategies for a 1820 New York Birth
  • Volume 2-Number 36-First Appearing in an 1847 Marriage
  • Volume 2-Number 37-The Chattel Property Will from Maryland
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Winner in Find One of Henry's Daughters

Janet C. found Nanke Fecht living as a servant in another household in Prairie Township, Hancock County, Illinois, in 1880. A partial image is shown here.

This ends the daughter(s) of Henry contest, but there are still others to find. Stay tuned for our next challenge.

Casefile Clues Contest

Here's our next Casefile Clues contest---win a year-long subscription to Casefile Clues.
The above census entry is for Henry Jacobs Fecht in Prairie Township, Hancock County, Illinois, in 1870. He is listed with his wife Mary/Marie and his four children:

  • Frances--actually Trientje
  • Anna--actually Anke
  • Nancy--actually Nanke
  • George--actually George
Henry has been located again in Prairie Township in 1880 along with George. The first person to find one of the daughters, either Trientje, Anke, or Nanke, will win a year of Casefile Clues. I do not know where these individuals are enumerated in 1880 as I have not found them either. The family is discussed in more detail in Volume 2, issue 29 of Casefile Clues, which can be purchased by non-subscribers for $1. The determination of the winner is at my discretion. If one of the three daughters is in an unexpected location, there has to be some reasonable explanation. Finding them in New York City is NOT likely. 

Send your submission, complete with citation of entry to Michael at Contest open until we have a winner. Good Luck.

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