Saturday, September 28, 2013

Wrapping Up Webinar Sales

Wrapping it up--$5 Genealogy Webinar Sale

I have had great fun presenting webinars on a variety of research topics over the past three years. However, for a variety of reasons I’ve decided to no longer sell recordings of my forty previous webinars (extended due to popular demand through 9 October). We will offer support for previous purchases after that time, but no new orders will be processed. If you've been waiting to order, don't wait any longer. Each presentation is $5 each--download is immediate. Our order page is here.

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  • Preparing for Mother's Death
  • Proving Benjamin
  • The Newmans in the 1830-1870 Census: A Case Study
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  • Court Records: Pig Blood in the Snow
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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Error in Issue 37--The Year was 1852

Update from issue 3-37:

There was an error in my transcription of the marriage record that appeared in issue 3-37. The transcription should read:

State of Missouri County of St Louis. I John C. Vogel a Justice of the peace within and for the County aforesaid hereby certify that I did this day join in the holy bonds of Matrimony Mr George Rothweiler to Miss Wilhelmina Kraufetter [sic], Both of St Louis County State of Missouri. Given under my hand, this fourth day of December 1851. John C. Vogel Justice of the Peace. Filed and Recorded Jany 14, 1852.

note: in issue 3-37 of Casefile Clues, I incorrectly transcribed this document as being recorded on 14 January 1851. That date of recording was incorrect. There is nothing "off" about this record as far as the dates are concerned. The use of the last name of Kraufetter, instead of Trautvetter, is somewhat unusual.

Sometimes clerks do make mistakes, but transcriptionists sometimes do as well. If the document had actually read 1851, the notation "sic" should have been used after it. That's what the author does when there are clear errors in the records to indicate that the error was not mine and was apparently incorrect in the actual record. "Apparently incorrect" is a good phrase to use here as sometimes what a transcriptionist thinks is wrong is not actually wrong.

Here is the original image:

St. Louis County, Missouri, Marriage Records, 4: 417, George Rothweiler to Wilhelmina Kraufetter; City Recorder, St. Louis; FHL microfilm 528,174.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Issue 37 is out

Email me if you are on our subscriber list and have not received issue 37. Thanks!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

An Upper Corner that is Difficult to Read

This is part of the marriage record that is transcribed in the next issue of Casefile Clues, which is being proofed as this post is typed.

It is an excellent example of an item that was easier to transcribe when I knew what it was already from other records.

It was only located in the marriage register via a manual search--it was not in the index in the front of the volume maintained by the clerk. It can often be necessary to search even indexed materials page by page.

Stay tuned--we'll discuss this item in 3-37 of Casefile Clues.