Thursday, June 28, 2012

How Old Was Child James in 1850?

This is the image from the 1850 census that we're discussing in the next issue. I'm not even including images with the newsletter as they just aren't all that great.

But...that aside.

How old is the child James in this enumeration?

Those who want to see the entire census page can do so here (just click on it to view):

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

1850 Census Images-James Rampley

Images are not always created equally.

These are the images from and FamilySearch for James Rampley and his family in the 1850 U. S. Census. We'll have complete citations for them in the newsletter issue which will go out later this week.

Finding the one on FamilySearch required a manual search because the name was not in the index in any way that I could find it.

1850 Census Image--from
1850 Census Image--from FamilySearch
The original census is not great--but it pays to read as many images as one can when they are like this. Stay tuned for the issue discussing this census entry.

It's not on these images (because I didn't include it), but it looks like only John A. and Elizabeth attended school within the census year.

Friday, June 22, 2012

They Signed the 1815 Marriage Bond

Issue 13 of Casefile Clues discussed an 1815 marriage bond and register entry from Bourbon County, Kentucky. The bond was signed by the groom and the mother of the bride.

Pretty simple on the surface.

But there were some clues that are more noticeable if one has experience with these records.

That was part of the analysis included in issue 13.

After the issue ran, I received a long email from a reader with a great deal of experience in these records. She concurred with my analysis--which was fortunate. Sometimes people don't agree with me, but it's good when others with significant experience with the records do. I haven't had time to respond to her email, but have put it on my list.

Subscribe now and see how we analyzed the marriage bond and register entry. There were clues in both.

And we've got complete citations as well--those never hurt either.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

In the Works

I currently have two things on the drawing board:
  • A spreadsheet of issue titles, numbers, dates--to be published as a Google Doc.
  • General style guide (very, very rough draft).
Suggestions are welcomed!

Issue 13 mailed

Email me at if you missed issue 13 or have missing issues.

A Rose By Any Other Name Would Smell As Sweet

My proofreader caught in issue 13 that I slipped up and slipped between Sarah and Sally Sledd in writing about her in the upcoming issue of Casefile Clues.

The Virginia native is referred to in records as Sarah or Sally. There is no real telling which name she preferred--she died in the mid-19th century. Issue 13 was not really about Sarah too much and her name appeared consistently in the one document that was used. Because of this there was no reason to refer to her by a name that wasn't used in the document as some times details that are not germane to the problem really confuse the issues at hand.

But it raises the issue of which name should be used. Hopefully we'll have more comments on this as time moves on.

1815 Marriage Register Entry

This is page 57 from Volume 1 of Bourbon County, Kentucky, marriages--part of what will be discussed in the next issue of Casefile Clues. The entry of interest is the fourth one on this page. It really looks like the bride's name has been written over at some point. Microfilm doesn't always make things like that easy to see.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Casefile Clues Mailed and Webinar Sale

The latest issue of Casefile Clues discusses an 1836 Kentucky will that frees slaves and disburses of personal property. Email me at if you do not have your issue.

We are also offering a $5 webinar sale on some of our most popular recordings, including:

Research Plans
Court Records
Making Your Case
Charts, Charts, and More Charts
and more

A complete list, including order links can be found at:

Thanks...and Good Luck with your research.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Update on the Nicholas-Bourbon County Kentucky Border

There's a blog post about the 1817-border change between Nicholas and Bourbon Counties here. This county boundary was discussed in an earlier Casefile Clues blog post.