Friday, April 12, 2013

Cannot Read That Page Number

For an upcoming issue of Casefile Clues--either 30 or 31--this is one census page that will be cited as part of the material used in the analysis.

The page number is pretty difficult to read and there is no other page number given on this sheet, which is the one that contains the family of interest.

The previous sheet is clearly marked "321." I'm thinking that my citation for the page above needs to somehow include this "benchmark" page as it may be easier to find than the one with the number that cannot be read. 

Of course, we are also using dwelling and family numbers, but this whole census is not easy to read. Stay tuned to see how it turns out.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

A Dead Man Relinquishes

Bureau of Land Management, Records Improvement, [U. S. Tract Books], Tract Book 7 (Zanesville Military) , p. 1888, Thomas J. Rampley, assignee James Shores; digital image, FamilySearch ( : accessed 1 April 2013).

The tract book entry for Thomas J. Rampley's credit under file for property in Coshocton County, Ohio,  indicates that part of his original credit purchase was relinquished in 1829. The tract book entry for that property (on the same page as the above entry) indicates that James Shores purchased the relinquished property. We discussed the completed claim in a recent issue of Casefile Clues.

The interesting part is that Thomas Rampley was dead on the date of the relinquishment--I'm curious as to what paperwork was required to establish the relinquishment for a deceased man. Stay tuned--we are working on getting the completed file based upon the man who actually completed the purchase.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

No Dates in Those Citations

The latest issue of Casefile Clues contained transcriptions of two deeds in a credit under file. We decided to cite each document within the file to make it absolutely clear to which document we we referring. The bold part of this citation was common to each reference made to the file.

Tipton to Shores, James Shores, Assignee of Thomas J. Rampley, Dec’d, credit under file, certificate no. 1732, Zanesville, Ohio, Land Office; Land Entry Papers, 1800-1908; Records of the Bureau of Land Management, Record Group 49; National Archives, Washington, D. C.

It was decided not to include the date of the document as a part of the citation. This was done because there were not multiple documents with similar enough titles and it was decided that the date was not crucial to know who which document was meant. 

Issue 29 is out

If you have missing issues, please let me know. I had a few requests that I don't think got sent.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

The Straw Man Cometh

The next issue of Casefile Clues will discuss a "straw man" transaction in a credit under file from 1829. The file covers approximately 1817-1830. The property was purchased on credit and I had to avoid getting bogged in learning about the various acts of Congress that kept extending that credit as it took over ten years to get the property paid off.

There's some neat information in the file and a few questions that are raised as well. Stay tuned.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Why Was an Un-involved Party Involved?

This is part of an assignment that appears in the credit under file of James Shores, assignee of Thomas J. Rampley--in Record Group 49 at the National Archives.

The federal land being purchased in Coshocton County was not being purchased by Tipton at all. We'll see in the next issue how Tipton was involved and why.

Stay tuned.