Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Issue 5 is out

Just sent.  One has to love those derivative records.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

How Derivative Is It?

In the next issue of Casefile Clues, we look at another declaration of intent. This one comes from Hamilton County, Ohio, in 1850 and is different from the one we looked at a few weeks back. The microfilm had a prefatory warning about the records:

 We'll talk about this warning and how it impacts the analysis of the declaration of Peter Bigger which is partially shown below. This record is not original--it is derivative in nature. We'll also look at the primary nature of the information it contains.

Readers will remember Peter from earlier issues. He and his wife settled in Warsaw, Hancock County, Illinois, and he died in the 1850s. His wife left quite a few records which we have also discussed and analyzed.

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Sunday, February 19, 2012

March 2012 Genealogy Webinars

Our March 2012 Genealogy Webinar schedule has been posted. Topics are:

  • Probate Process
  • Proving Benjamin
  • Genealogy Proof Standard  (rescheduled)
  • Researching Female Ancestors
Details are on our webinar page at

Monday, February 13, 2012

Going Back On Ann Gibson-Those Desperate Debts

FamilySearch recently released digital images of some estate records from Harford County, Maryland. This is where the estate of Ann Gibson was probated. Some of her estate records were discussed in an earlier issue of Casefile Clues.

In reviewing the digital images, admittedly more slowly than when I was at the Family History in Salt Lake City, I noticed a reference that i had overlooked before.

The image above is part of the "G" section of the 1778-1794 Estate Inventories for Harford County. I easily noticed the entry for Ann Gibson (with the 270 page reference). What had originally eluded me in my haste, was the entry below, which states:

"Ditto Desperate Debts"

Of course, the "Ditto" refers to the entry above. The page number for the list of desperate debts was also out of order--241. The list of desperate debts, shown in this post as well, may not appeal helpful on the surface, but it does provide me with names of individuals with whom Ann was associated. This is something not easily done with females during this era.

It had not "clicked" on me that this list of debts could give me clues as to Ann's associates until I started this blog entry. And that's just another quick reminder of the importance of writing.

This may just give me another article topic. Debts owed to females during this era may be a big clue.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Issue 4 out and webinar discount for subscribers

Issue 4 just went out. Email me if you did not receive it. There is a coupon code for subscribers on the webinars as well.

Frame Declaration of Intention from 1870

This is the declaration of intention that Thomas Frame filed in the United States district court for the Northern District of Illinois in 1870. We'll analyze it and Frame's actual naturalization in volume 3 issue 4 of Casefile Clues.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Three Times He Said When He Naturalized

I am wrapping up the next issue of Casefile Clues. One of the interesting things in this issue is that the person of interest was asked three times after he naturalized and before he died when he naturalized.

We'll see how consistent those answers are and what the real answer was. It's not often I have a person who gave three separate answers for when a person naturalized.

And of course just because the answers appear on separate records does not necessarily mean they were separate answers.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Find Benjamin Butler in 1860...

We still have an open contest to find Benjamin Butler in 1860. So far, no winners.

Give it a try if you haven't. Don't forget he could easily be enumerated as Ben Butter or something similar.