Friday, August 31, 2012

Issue 19 is out

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

1876 Deed May Provide Migration Clues

I mentioned this newspaper item from 1876 on the blog, but thought I'd discuss it here in a little more detail.

I'm curious about this mother-son deed, partially because inter-family transactions are always interesting, but this one is around the time the family was moving and it may provide clues as to where the mother had left--if she sold the property after her departure. The deed of acquisition by Schwantje and deed of "disposition" by Jurgen may also shed additional clues to the family's migration.

Given that the consideration is $400, this does not appear to be a "love and consideration" deed. It is always possible that there might be something else on the deed besides the normal boilerplate text.

In 1876 apparently Golden, Illinois, was still referred to as Keokuk Junction. That's not a huge clue, but one always needs to be aware of names for locations that are no longer used.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

John Shores Enumerated Twice in 1860?

We've been discussing the Civil War pension application filed on behalf of John Shores son in recently released issues of Casefile Clues (3-16 and 3-17). It appears that John Shores may be enumerated twice in the 1860 census as shown in these these census images from Fulton County Illinois' Woodland Township:

page 154


 page 137


The main difference is the name of the son. There are many similarities between these two entries.

We'll look at these enumerations in more detail in an upcoming issue of Casefile Clues.

That will include a complete analysis and complete citations. One should not immediately conclude the entries are the same without some analysis. If they are different, then I've got to be careful as there are two similar families in close proximity to each other. It can happen.

Stay tuned.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Guardianship for Children of a Living Man

Issue 17 of Casefile Clues discussed a guardianship order that was contained in a Union veteran Civil War pension file for the child of the veteran. The guardianship was for the child of the veteran, but also included another heir of the child's apparent grandfather.

The father of the other heir is not listed as deceased on the order appointing the guardian.

Census records indicate that the other father was not deceased at the time of the order in the late 1860s and probably lived another thirty years.

Some answers to this might be in the estate records of the apparent grandfather--which we are working on obtaining.

There's another family dynamic here as well that we'll discuss when appropriate.

When you only scratch the surface, you only get part of the story.

Join us in the discovery.

Issue 17 is out

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We look at a transcript of a Letters of Guardianship in this issue.

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Saturday, August 4, 2012

Guardian Appointed When Father Was Alive

The next issue of Casefile Clues is off to be proofed.

Interesting little document transcribed from a Civil War pension file. In addition to the information the document contained, the apparent omission of the word "deceased" raised a few questions. At the time I made the draft of the article, I didn't know whether the omission was an error or not.

Now I do and, of course, there's a probable story behind it.