30 March 2015
It turns out he was not in the picture, but just happened to have been given a copy of it by someone else. When the individuals in the picture were identified, he was not one of them.
Which explains why we couldn't figure out who he was in the picture.
What are you assuming?
- Different records that say the same thing may have had the same original "source" if Grandma Barbara was the one who always gave the information. Just because she repeated it over and over does not make it true.
- 1,000 online trees that agree does not mean they are correct. It just means that they probably have the same original "source," right or wrong.
29 March 2015
28 March 2015
That's why it took me forever to locate his death certificate--I was looking in the wrong place.
27 March 2015
It's not a mistaken reference to a vintner. That's something else entirely.
26 March 2015
25 March 2015
Yet another man "gets his land." Why?
The reason is that Augusta Newman assigned his warrant over to that man--Thomas J. Stone. Stone likely paid Newman for the warrant.
It was sometimes easier for veterans to simply sell their warrant than to move into new federal lands and "start over."
The image with this post is from the Bureau of Land management. The surrendered warrant (which has Augusta's signature on the back where he assigns it to Stone) is at the National Archives.
24 March 2015
And is it possible that the clerk told the informant to "guess" when providing a non-essential piece of information?
23 March 2015
Failing to acknowledge geography can cause problems.
And sometimes it is simply faster to notate in pencil as you are thinking. There will always be time later to make a neat copy if necessary.
Sometimes making a neat copy slows me down and I lose my train of thought.
I always have blank copies of maps on paper so I can start taking notes "geographically" when necessary.
22 March 2015
- Archive.org--do you know how much free genealogy material is there?
- Worldcat--search thousands of library card catalogs at once
- Census Searching at Ancestry.com
- Newspaper Research
21 March 2015
It's easy to see how Pittsburgh and Plattsburgh could be confused if the writing is messy. And, if the clerk is in a hurry he may have paid no attention to the "NY" and the "PA."
20 March 2015
Of course, that will be the twenty year time span you actually need.
19 March 2015
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18 March 2015
Are there clues sitting there? Clues that you never noticed because your research skills were not as developed? Clues that you didn't realize were clues because you didn't know much about the family? Clues that you didn't notice because you simply overlooked them?
The chicken is this picture wasn't crucial to my research, but it reminded me that it never hurts to take another look.
17 March 2015
15 March 2015
- are the names reasonably similar?
- are the ages consistent?
- is the occupation and lifestyle consistent?
- are you not violating the laws of physics or biology?
- are the locations reasonably consistent?
14 March 2015
13 March 2015
12 March 2015
And they may never have dreamed that a century later, their descendant would analyzing that age and wondering why it's a few years "off."
11 March 2015
10 March 2015
Don't assume you "know" the geography "good enough" or that the states are small enough that it doesn't matter. Look at maps. Analyze locations. Determine how far apart different residences for your ancestor are.
Don't get so caught up in the search that you lose sight of the geography in the process.
09 March 2015
And finding one obscure blog post via a Google search isn't always adequate.
08 March 2015
Indicate where you obtained material and make certain you don't indicate something says more than it does.
Or you could be correcting the error forever.
07 March 2015
Are you looking for the connection on the wrong side of the family?
06 March 2015
In some time periods and cultural groups, using names of deceased children for later children was not uncommon. Families could easily have three children with the same name. A Geske born in 1746 who died in 1748 could have been the first of that name. Another Geske born in 1749 who died in 1749 could have been followed by a third child with that name born in 1751.
Search Tip of the Day does not always come out daily.