Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Upcoming Topics

On the front burner for Casefile Clues are:

  • followup on the oft-married Emmar Sargent and her Civil War Pension file which documents 6 marriages
  • followup on the great pig murder of Fleming County, Kentucky, in the 1820s and James Tinsley's court cases during that era

Monday, July 25, 2011

Reader Comment

A reader when requesting a missing copy of Casefile Clues made this comment:

" I always find them informative as well as entertaining."

 I appreciate the kind words. We do strive to be informative, accurate, and yet readable. Some topics that's not too hard to do--with others it is more of a challenge. And I always appreciate feedback.

Update on Davidson County, Tennessee Marriages

I contacted the Nashville Metropolitan Archives about the digital version of the microfilmed marriage records that were used at Ancestry.com in our initial work on the children of Absalom Hooper. Readers will remember from an earlier post that the images looked (to me) too consistent and "too modern" to be from the late 1700s and early 1800s. 

The communication that I received from the Archivist indicated that the microfilmed books were copies that were made at an unknown point in time, but that they were not the originals. These copies would be considered to be derivative in nature, and susceptible to transcription errors. 

The Archivist also told me that they have the original bonds--we're ordering the bond of the child of Absalom whose the line of interest and will have an update when it arrives. 

It is always important to include complete and accurate citations to the records that are being used. This situation makes it pretty clear why that's a necessity and why "Davidson County Marriage Records" is a woefully inadequate reference.




Sunday, July 24, 2011

Working on Emails to Problems

I'm working tonight and tomorrow on emails sent to the problems@casefileclues.com address. If you sent a request in the last few days, I have it--I'm just getting to them today.

And if you have a missing issue of the newsletter or any other subscription concern, please send it to problems@casefileclues.com.

Thanks!


Friday, July 22, 2011

Davidson County Tennessee Marriages at Ancestry.com


Casefile Clues readers know that the latest issue partially discussed some marriage records from Davidson County, Tennessee.

They were obtained from a database at Ancestry.com titled Tennessee State Marriages 1780-2002. The images came from microfilm of records at the Tennessee State Archives. The problem was that the images did not make it clear where the images on the microfilm was obtained. Also the handwriting to me at least, did not appear to be from the 1790-1810 era (the time period I was interested in).

The image at the head of this post is a reduced one of the page of interest--the marriage of Aquilla Jones and Lettie Cooke in 1798. The heading of the page is shown here in an enlarged image.


I know that people make typos, however it would be odd for someone in the 1790s, to make the error that it was 1995 or so.

I wish Ancestry.com's documentation of where these records were obtained was better. It is one thing to have to create my own citations. It is another to have to figure out where the records came from in the first place.

Of course, it gives me something to write about, but I'd rather write about interpreting and analyzing records.

We'll have an update as more information is obtained. I've got an email in to the Nashville Archivist.

Issue 43 is Out

Issue 43 has been sent. If you did not receive it, email me at problems@casefileclues.com. If you are not a subscriber, subscriptions can be processed at http://www.casefileclues.com/subscribe.html
Thanks.

Just What is TN State Marriages 1780-2002

We have really struggled with creating a citation for the Tennessee State Marriages from 1780 to 2002 on Ancestry.com.

The description of the database is not too much help either. These appear to be county level marriage records, but (at least in the case of Davidson County) the writing is so consistent that it appears what was microfilmed was actually a transcription of the actual record. But, I'm not certain.

One of the marriages used in the next issue of Casefile Clues is one for Aquilla Jones:
The digital image, which includes apparent page numbers, just looks like it was not written in the 1790s.

I tried to navigate my way to the "title page" on the microfilm, but either it was not there, or I overlooked it. Microfilm usually has some prefatory material explaining the records that were microfilmed. That's one problem with the way that Ancestry.com links to the images in an attempt to be helpful.

In issue 43 of Casefile Clues, I pretty much consider this a derivative source and indicate that further work needs to be done on the marriages that are located in this database--additional, hopefully contemporary materials, need to be located. And I need to find out just what these records are that I'm searching.

Issue 43 will have an analysis of the will that led me to these records. We may even have a followup issue just on these marriage records. We'll post a short followup here when (if) I get the answer to what these records are. My suspicion is that the county made a handwritten copy, but that's just a guess at this point. Ancestry.com's description in this case is lacking.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Working on Absalom Hooper

Our work on Absalom Hooper of Davidson County, Tennessee, begins with a transcription of the actual copy of his 1811 will.

We'll be visiting Absalom on a regular basis in Casefile Clues as he's got an interesting past and he's easy to get confused with other Absalom Hoopers.

His 1811 will provides several research suggestions on him and our searches for Absalom will avoid any and all compiled "trees," GEDCOM files, etc. as along as possible--or at least until all other clues have been exhausted. This largely is to avoid, even unconsciously, incorporating the ideas of others into my own research, particularly assumptions or conclusions of others that may be unfounded. That is not to say that online trees are always wrong, but that when there are probate, land, tax, and other records to utilize, those should be researched and analyzed as much as possible first.

Searching genealogical journals is also warranted, particularly when those journals are peer-reviewed. It is important not to reinvent the wheel.

It is also important when there have been incorrect statements repeated over and over to start fresh. One such statement is the maiden name of Absalom's wife, which while given in several databases, has never been justified--either by direct or indirect evidence.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Here are Year 1 issue titles (in reverse order):

  • 52--Benjamin Butler in 1880 and 1870--correlating an 1880 and 1870 census enumeration when the head of household has a different first name
  • 51--Clarifying Clara--a widow's War of 1812 Bounty Land application
  • 50--Special Examiner's Report--Discussion of testimony taken by a Special Examiner in a Union Civil War Pension File
  • 49--Levi Rhodes' War of 1812 Pension--A discussion and and an analysis of a War of 1812 pension issued in 1871.
  • 48--Determining Your Own Chain of Migration--Ways to determine the unique migration chain that your ancestor took
  • 47--Finding the Ellen--Finding someone in an 1870 census when she's a child and I don't have the names of the parents. Discusses proximity searches, eliminating false matches, etc.
  • 46--Ira Located--the correct marriage record for Ira Sargent was located. This issue includes the image and a complete transcription, an analysis, additional searches that were conducted, and where to go next.
  • 45--Organizing My Search for Ira--discusses brainstorming to locate the parents of Ira Sargent, how and why records were prioritized, and how records would be searched.
  • 44--Philip Troutfetter in the Special Collections of the Kansas State Historical Society--fraud, postal investigations, and abandoned wives--all from one relative.
  • 43--Unacquiring Property--ways your ancestor might have "disposed" of his real estate.
  • 42--Multiple Johns--two brothers with the exact same name--apparently.
  • 41--Brick Walls from A to Z--the title says it all--ideas for breaking those brick walls
  • 40--Finding John--analysis, including charts and maps, in an attempt to find a missing 1870 census enumeration.
  • 39--Multiple Marias--Analyzing more than one 1893 obituary for a Swiss immigrant in Iowa.
  • 38--From their Mouth to Your Screen. Discusses all the "filters" information passes through.
  • 37--Pullman Car Company Employment Records. Discusses several employment records from the Pullman Car Company in Chicago. Discusses William Apgar, Thomas Frame, Louis DeMar.
  • 36--Where are they in 1840? Analyzes an individual who is "missing" from an 1840 census. Includes a discussion of how he was "found" and how land records actually solved the problem. Discusses Abraham Wickiser.
  • 35--A 1910 Birth. Analyzes primary and secondary sources for a date and place of birth in 1910 and how differences might not be all that different. Discusses Ida Trautvetter.
  • 34--Ready to Go? Discusses some things to contemplate regarding your genealogy material before you die.
  • 33--Where there is a Will there is Confusion. Analyzes an early 19th century will from Maryland and what the different bequests likely mean and what potentially brought them about. Also discusses different ways some things can be interpreted. Discusses John DeMoss.
  • 32--When There is No Probate. Some things to think about when there is no probate file.
  • 31--Analyzing the Mortgage. Discusses an 1870 era mortgage in Illinois. Discusses John Ufkes and Rolf Habben.
  • 30--Behind the Scenes Chaos. Discusses the importance of thinking about what "caused" a record to be recorded.
  • 29--Un-American Activity. Discusses an invesigation by the fore-runner of the FBI into a German-American family in World War I. Discusses the Fecht family.
  • 28--Do You Ear What I Ear? Discusses things to remember about how things are heard.
  • 27--Analyzing Andrew Trask. Discusses work on an Mass. native (born ca. 1814) who lived in St. Louis, southern-Illinois, and western Illinois where he died in the 1880s. Focuses on analyzing and working on later records to discern patterns, etc. Discusses Andrew Trask.
  • 26--Using Google Books.
  • 25--Finding Valentine. Steps in locating a man whose only real mention is in an 1870 era estate settlement. Discusses how I organized my search for him.
  • 24--The Brick Wall is in Your Head. Talks about ways you may have made your own genealogical brick wall.
  • 23--You Ask and I Wonder. Things that pop in my head when a person asks a certain genealogical question.
  • 22--Crossing the Pond.
  • 21--One Clipping Leads to More.
  • 20--Organizing 1870 Census Search--thoughts on organizing online census searches.
  • 19--Public Sale--Analyzing an old sale bill.
  • 18--Analyzing the Biography--Charting and Organizing what You Know Using a Biography
  • 17--Working with the Professional. Getting started with the professional genealogist who is performing Chicago area work for me.
  • 16--A Lot from Barbara's Lot. Clues from a series of records on a small lot in a town in rural Illinois betwen 1856 and 1905.
  • 15--Finding Gesche's Girls. Tracking down an "evaporating" German native who "condensed" somewhere in the United States.
  • 14--Jumpstarting Your Research. Just some ideas to get you started.
  • 13--Brick Walls and the Census Taker
  • 12--The Heirs Complete the Homestead
  • 11--Is the Wrong Name Correct?
  • 10--Connecting the Iras. Working to determine if two men of the same name are the same man.
  • 09--Pre-1850 Census Analysis. Analzing pre-1850 census records for a family to determine the household structure. Discusses Thomas and Sarah Sledd.
  • 08--Platting Out Thomas Sledd's Heirs. Platting out the estate division of the Thomas Sledd estate in Kentucky in the 1830s. Discusses Thomas Sledd family.
  • 07--Looking for Ira's Lucretia. Working on my "brick wall" Ira through his sister Lucretia. mid-to-late nineteenth century work.
  • 06--The Civil War Pension file of Riley Rampley. An overview of a Union Civil War pension record.
  • 05--Finding a Chicago Christening. How a 1913 era Chicago christening record was found. Discusses Anna Apgar.
  • 04--Multiple Parents
  • 03--Preemption Claim. The Missouri pre-emption land claim of John Lake. Discusses John Lake.
  • 02--Passport Records. Discusses an early twentieth century passport application. Discusses Robert Frame.
  • 01--Lessons from an Estate Record. Analyzes an 1870 era Illinois set of estate records.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Madaleine J. Laird appointed permanent Casefile Clues Copy Editor

Genealogist Madaleine J. Laird accepts permanent position as copy editor for Casefile Clues.
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About Madaleine:

Madaleine J. Laird once served in the United States Air Force as an Arabic cryptologic linguist, but to paraphrase Forrest Gump, that's all she has to say about that. Her favorite civilian 9-to-5 jobs were at public and academic libraries, where she worked on the "front lines" at the circulation desk and in the trenches in technical services. She has written margin features for lower-division college textbooks, biographical profiles for a book on Irish American history, reviews of romance novels for a national magazine, and dozens of how-to articles on everything from household appliances to genealogical research. Madaleine has also spoken to genealogical societies about library research and information literacy. She attended Samford University's Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research for the past three summers, finally earning her survival badge for the Advanced Methodology and Evidence Analysis course taught by Elizabeth Shown Mills. A recent
transplant to the Washington, D.C. area, Madaleine looks forward to conducting research for herself and others at such local repositories as the Library of Congress and the National Archives. Her duties as copy editor of Casefile Clues include wrangling wayward prose, getting persnickety about punctuation, and coaxing more citations out of the long-suffering author/editor. Madaleine can be reached at kinfolit@gmail.com.



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About Casefile Clues:


Casefile Clues is a weekly genealogy newsletter focusing on sources, methodology, and case study analysis. Geared towards intermediate researchers, it concentrates on process, analysis and problem-solving using actual examples from research in a variety of locations, predominantly in the United States. It is written and compiled by Michael John Neill, a nationally known genealogist who has actively researched for over twenty-five years and given day-long seminars in over thirty states across the United States. More information on Casefile Clues can be found at http://blog.casefileclues.com

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Winner in Find Adopted Son of James and Elizabeth Rampley

Melanie S. won a year of Casefile Clues by finding who I think likely is the adopted son of James and Elizaebeth Rampley.

This post will be brief (and citationless, but there's enough detail here to find the materials that were used). James and Elizabeth are enumerated in the 1850-1880 census in Walker Township, Hancock County, Illinois. For purposes of the contest, three census enumerations for James and Elizabeth Rampey are worthy of note:

  • 1860--a 14 year old, Montevelli (or something like that) Lobb is listed.
  • 1870--a 13 year old Montevelli Harness is listed.
  • 1880--a 22 year old Montevelli Rampley is listed as an adopted son.
The Illinois State Marriage Index at the Illinois State Archives indicates a Montivelle Harness married a Jennie Meltabarger in 1881(FamilySearch says 1882). 

There is a cancelled marriage application in Oklahoma on FamilySearch for a Montville Harness and Ella Boyer in December of 1901 in Canadian County, Oklahoma. 

A Montevill and Ella Harness are living in 1910 in Torrance County, New Mexico. Montevill is listed with a step-daughter, Bessie Boyer (dwelling 313, family 346, sheet 12B, ED 275, Estancia Precinct 7). Montevill is listed as a 44-year-old native of Illinois. 

We might have a longer more detailed update on him later. This was supposed to be a simple contest, but as I researched Montevill more, I've got even more questions. 

Thanks for playing and stay tuned for more contests. 

Find the "Likely" Adopted Child of James and Elizabeth Rampley

(we have a winner--less than a half hour after posting...details coming)


The first respondent to find the likely adopted son of James and Elizabeth (Chaney) Rampley will win a year of Casefile Clues. Current subscribers who win can choose to either extend their subscriptions or give their subscription to someone else. Your submission must contain a complete, accurate citation to the record that indicates where the adopted child of James and Elizabeth Rampley is living in 1910.

James (1803-1884) and Elizabeth Rampley (1804-1883) informally adopted a son named Montevelli. James and Elizabeth lived in Hancock County, Illinois, from 1849 until their deaths. They died in Walker Township, Hancock County, Illinois.

That information should be enough to find where the likely adopted son likely was living in 1910. Your entry should indicate a complete census citation (direct links to Ancestry.com are fine if you have Ancestry.com, but that's not necessary). Of course, there are some "issues" with the adopted son and not all information is consistent.

Submissions must be made electronically to casefileclues@gmail.com. Submissions to other email addresses will NOT be accepted. The first correct submission as determined by Michael John Neill will be the winner. Good luck.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Charting Out the Children

Regular readers of Casefile Clues know that I'm big on charts. There are several reasons, but it basically boils down to organizing what you have and extracting the essentials to create a chart helps the genealogist to ferret out key elements.

This chart is part of one that was used in the latest issue of Casefile Clues. Part of our work in this family was to locate as many family members in 1880 as possible (which is still being done). The only real information we had was the 1870 census and an 1875 poor farm register for some of the children. This chart was part of what I am using to keep my searches of the 1880 census straight.

It's also helping me to determine when people with different names might be the same individuals. But until I have sufficient reason, I'm working under the premise that every different name is a different person.

For a variety of reasons, I'm waiting on locating these children in 1900 until I've looked at some other records. 1880 to 1900 is quite a time gap, the children could easily have moved and Smiths are difficult to find as it is. Hopefully other records will provide details to help focus those 1900 and later searches.

Subscribe now and I'll start your subscription with issue 42 which discussed this family and their poor farm register entry in more detail.

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.

Subscribe today and get in on the discovery. This is not one of the easier families that I have researched.

Issue 42 out

Issue 42 was just sent.
If you did not receive yours, email me at problems@casefileclues.com.

Thanks.

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.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Minerva Sargent Strobel Found--Contest Winner

MB was the winner of our Find Minerva and win a year of Casefile Clues Contest


Minerva died in Evanston, Illinois on March 6, 1943. She is buried in Ottumwa Cemetery, Ottumwa, Iowa. Minerva and her husband John appear in the database of Illinois Deaths on FamilySearch (Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947), which indicate that they are buried in Ottumwa, Iowa. 


The extract from Minerva's death record on FamilySearch indicates she was born in 1848 in Rockford, 
Illinois and that her maiden name was Sargent. 


There is only one more sibling of Ira Sargent for whom I need to locate a death record. Little is known on Minerva other than her death, so we'll be working to learn at least something of her children. 


We'll have an update on the blog and a longer follow up article on this couple in a future edition of Casefile Clues


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Poor Farm in the 1870s

This is an entry we are analyzing for the next issue of Casefile Clues. These Smiths were admitted to a poor farm in rural Mercer County, Illinois, in the 1870s. We'll see why there is a Nancy Kile in the middle of the Smith entries.
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Monday, July 4, 2011

Citations In Blog Posts on Casefile Clues

I've decided to run minimal citations in blog posts on Casefile Clues. Not that anyone probably really cares, but the reasons are:
  • the newsletter has complete and thorough citations
  • with the number of blog posts, citations would make entries unwieldy
  • I usually don't cite until the edit/review process and often I blog as research is in progress
  • that's what the boss told me to do
Subscribers get full citations and often there's detail in the blog posts that anyone who really wants to find the information again can. I'm not worried about the citation police (grin!).

Find Minerva and Win A Year of Casefile Clues

Find Minerva's place of death and burial and get a year of Casefile Clues.

To win this contest, your entry to casefileclues@gmail.com, must contain two things:
  • Date and place of death for Minerva Sargent. Include the source (website).
  • Place of burial for Minerva Sargent. Include the source (website).
  • First correct answer wins. Michael John Neill is the sole arbiter of this contest.
  • There is an answer to this online as MJN has already found it.
  • Winners in the last two weeks are not eligible to play.
Minerva is listed as Landon in the 1850 and 1860 census as shown, but Landon was her step-father's surname. The Iowa State Census lists her birth surname of Sargent. You must sent a citation for the answers to both questions. Minerva was born in approximately 1848 as evidenced in the 1850 and 1860 census records shown below. Her father was Clark Sargent and her step-father was Asa Landon/Langdon.

Illinois Census 1850 Owen, Winnebago County,
  • Asa Landon, aged 41, male, farmer, $400 real estate, born Canada
  • Mary Landon, aged 39, female, born Canada
  • Emma Landon, aged 10, female, born Canada
  • Lucretia Landon, aged 8, female, born Canada
  • Ira Landon, aged 6, male, born New York
  • Martha Landon, aged 4, female, born Illinois
  • Minerva Landon, aged 2, female, born Illinois
  • Edwin Landon, aged 3/12, male, born Illinois
  • Nelson Witesall, aged 25, male, born Canada

1854 Iowa State Census--Davis County, Iowa


1860 Census, Benton Township, Christian County, Missouri
  • Asa Landon, aged 62, male, farmer, New York
  • Luxesy, aged 18, female, born New York
  • Martha, aged 16, female, born Canada?
  • Ira[nn?], aged 14, female, born Illinois
  • [Mariana?], aged 12, female, born Illinois
  • Edwin [T?], aged 9, male, born Illinois
  • Roxey, aged 7, female, born Illinois

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Emma Sargent Osenbaugh gave the following testimony in her Civil War Widow's pension in regards to her family in 1918:

"My father was Clark Sargent and my mother was Mary Lucinda Dingman."
"When I was 8 years old we left Canada and went to Winnebago Co. Ill."
"While living there my mother married Asa Langdon..."

"I had one brother and three sisters and one half-brother and one half-sister."

"I have one sister, Minerva Stroble, wife of Mike Stroble, a tailer, some place in Chicago, Ill."

Emma goes on to mention her sister Lucretia Price and Martha Bell (deceased) and her deceased brother Ira Sargent.
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You do NOT need to use any fee-based genealogy databases in order to win this contest!



1930 Virginia Cassidy-Mother of President Clinton--We Have a Winner

We have a winner in the contest to find US President Clinton's mother, Virginia Cassidy, in the 1930 census--GenuinelyLAF on Twitter is the winner.


She's living with her parents in Hope, Hempstead County, Arkansas in 1930 in enumeration district 6, line 46.

The winner gets a year of Casefile Clues for her efforts. Congratulations!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

1930 Dale Evans Census Contest Winner(s)

We actually have two winners in the contest to find Dale Evans in the 1930 Census. At this point, it looks like she might have been enumerated twice, although each entry has some challenges. Part of the problem is that Evans' life around 1930 was apparently in a state of transition. Online biographies (which could easily be unreliable) indicate she was divorced in 1929. I'll avoid a lengthy discussion of various versions of her marital history, but there are sources that state she was married to August W. Johns ( a 21 year old of that name is living in Memphis in 1930 in  ED 79-90, sheet 5A, line 4 as a boarder at 474 Edith Avenue).

1930 in Memphis

Jane in Washington found an incomplete entry in Memphis which appears to be Evans--the names are a match, but her son Tommy is not listed with her. The entry is crossed out and just the names are listed as if someone thought they were there and then realized they were no longer living at that address. The reference is 1930 Census, City of Memphis, Shelby County, ED 79-71, sheet 13B, lines 62 and 63.


1930 in Georgia

Randy Seaver of Geneamusings found another reference that could be Dale Evans as well. This entry is from Marietta, Georgia (Cobb County, ED 34-15, sheet 6B, lines 92-93). At first I really dismissed this entry, but after some look it has merit. The first names match the family and the ages are reasonably correct. The places of birth are off, but that would not be unusual. Smith was Evans' maiden name and it is possible that the information provided was a little "off" to make the family structure more amenable to the neighbors, census taker, etc. She would not be the first divorced woman to be listed in a census as married. I'm not 100% certain this is her, but I'm not 100% certain of the other entry either as it also has issues.


Both Jane and Randy have had their subscription to Casefile Clues extended 1 year for their efforts--and because their submissions had the earliest time stamp.Congratulations!

We'll have 1 or 2 more contests in the next day or so--stay tuned. And if you don't want to look for people you aren't related to in the census, but would like Casefile Clues, you can subscribe here. Our citations are not quite Evidence Explained style in this post, but they are in the newsletter...back to work!

Researching William Aaron Sargent of Sommerville, Mass

This is a photograph of the inscription in the copy of the Sargent Genealogy (1895) that is in the possession of the Allen County Public Library in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. The book is scanned in digital form on other websites (including BYU), but the inscription was a neat discovery which I've mentioned elsewhere.

I'm mentioning it again as subscriber Liz on our Facebook Fan Page mentioned that Sargent might have been an early member of NEHGS and that they have some information on early members.  I'm going to see if there is anything there on Sargent--not because he's a really close relative, but out of curiosity and for something a little bit different to include in the newsletter. Thanks Liz for the suggestion.

I'm also really glad I decided to look at the copy of the Sargent Genealogy while in Ft. Wayne even though I already had downloaded a PDF file from another source. The inscription was really a great find.

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Source:

Sargent, Aaron, and John S. Sargent. 1895. Sargent genealogy Hugh Sargent, of Courteenhall, Northamptonshire, and his descendants in England by John S. Sargent ... William Sargent, of Malden, New England, and his descendants in America by Aaron Sargent. Somerville, Mass: Sargent. This image from the print copy at the Allen County Public Library, Ft. Wayne, Indiana.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Open Contests for a Free Year

These are the currently open contests for a year of Casefile Clues:

Win a Year of Casefile Clues--Find Virginia Clinton Kelley in 1930

Over--we have a winner!
The first respondent to find President Bill Clinton's mother, Virginia Clinton Kelley, in the 1930 census will win a year of Casefile Clues. Current subscribers who win can choose to either extend their subscriptions or give their subscription to someone else. Your submission must contain a complete, accurate citation to the enumeration listing Kelley (State, County, enumeration district, page, line).

Biographical site on Virginia Clinton Kelley:


Submissions must be made electronically to casefileclues@gmail.com. Submissions to other email addresses will NOT be accepted. The first correct submission as determined by Michael John Neill will be the winner. Good luck.

Win a Year of Casefile Clues--Find Dale Evans in 1930

Over--we have a winner!

The first respondent to find Dale Evans (wife of cowboy actor Roy Rogers). in the 1930 census will win a year of Casefile Clues. Current subscribers who win can choose to either extend their subscriptions or give their subscription to someone else. Your submission must contain a complete, accurate citation to the enumeration listing Evans (State, County, enumeration district, page, line).

Biographical sites on Dale Evans:


Submissions must be made electronically to casefileclues@gmail.com. Submissions to other email addresses will NOT be accepted. The first correct submission as determined by Michael John Neill will be the winner. Good luck.

Win a Year of Casefile Clues--Find Hank Williams in 1930

The first respondent to find Hank Williams, Sr. in the 1930 census will win a year of Casefile Clues. Current subscribers who win can choose to either extend their subscriptions or give their subscription to someone else. Your submission must contain a complete, accurate citation to the enumeration listing Williams (State, County, enumeration district, page, line).

Biographical sites on Hank Williams:




Submissions must be made electronically to casefileclues@gmail.com. Submissions to other email addresses will NOT be accepted. The first correct submission as determined by Michael John Neill will be the winner. Good luck.

Contest Coming Noon Central Today

Our latest contest for a year of Casefile Clues will be announced today at noon central here on the blog http://blog.casefileclues.com and our Facebook Fan Page ("like" us there). Stay tuned!

If you're busy doing your own research, just subscribe now...