31 August 2010
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27 August 2010
If you can't find military information on your ancestor, see if they recorded a copy of their discharge papers at their local county recorder's office.
26 August 2010
- not mention all children
- may not distinguish children from step-children
- may not indicate which spouse was the parents of which children
25 August 2010
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22 August 2010
There are situations where, unless new records are discovered or finding aids are created, research will reach a standstill.
Sometimes it's good to know when there's just no more you can do. The problem is that sometimes we reach that conclusion before we should.
21 August 2010
Of course, there may be no obituary at all.
20 August 2010
[the earlier version of this that went out was a "draft" that accidentally went live instead of this version]
Remember that the month of Xber is actually October. Tip of the day readers familiar with their calendar history will know that X is the Roman number for ten and that the prefix "oct" means 8. That's because before the calendar change of 1752, March was the first month of the year, making October the eighth month and not the tenth month. Chances are after the calendar change of 1752, Xber refers to December and that before the calendar change of 1752 it referred to October.
Best advice: Record the month EXACTLY as written. If your software program doesn't "like "Xber" then personally, I would leave the date blank and record an EXACT transcription in my notes as to the date, but that's just my preference. And if the records being used are chronological, look at later entries in the year. It might also be good to look at earlier entries as well.
19 August 2010
Don't focus initially on locating a birth record, instead think where could information about the birth be written? This might be a birth certificate, newspaper announcement, family bible, etc.
Then try to access those sources. It might be that when you locate one of the items it provides a clue to help you actually locate the birth certificate.
18 August 2010
17 August 2010
If there are duplicate sets of transcriptions for a record use both--partiularly if the originals are not at your disposal.
16 August 2010
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14 August 2010
Don't ignore those other illnesses listed on the death certificate.
13 August 2010
12 August 2010
- do you have a source?
- is the fact an "assumption?"
For each source:
- is it primary or secondary
- how reliable is it?
For some questions there's not a "right" or "wrong" answer, but thinking about where you obtained each piece of information may cause you to break that brick wall.
11 August 2010
Indexes aren't perfect and sometimes manual page by page searches are faster than formulating seemingly endless search queries. And you may make a few accidental discoveries in the process.
10 August 2010
09 August 2010
Double check that your locations and dates are correct within the historical time frame.
08 August 2010
For instance, Anders Swanson has sons with the last name of Anderson. Anderson would be a patronym.
If Gerd Hinrichs' children use the last name of Gerdes, Gerdes would be a patronym.
07 August 2010
06 August 2010
Usually done so that anyone with knowledge of why the couple should not be married could come forth with the reason.
The publication (or announcement) of the banns does not necessarily mean that the marriage actually took place.
05 August 2010
So consider that those church records indicating three children born with the same name could be correct and look for a death entry for the first ones.
Don't just assume they were different children who had the same christening name and took different names later.
All of which makes the point that it is important to learn about cultural practices for your ancestor's ethnic group.
04 August 2010
Did your ancestor know when they were born? Are you assuming that they did?
A partial copy of the deposition can be seen on the Casefile Clues blog.
03 August 2010
Researching a European immigrant ancestor to an urban area in the late 1800s is different from researching an immigrant to upstate New York in the early 1700s. If you are approaching both problems the same way, that might be adding to the confusion.
02 August 2010
And sometimes just discussing something makes new ideas and errors easier to see than they were before.
01 August 2010
It might be when they witnessed a document, appeared in a biography, wrote their will, signed a bond, etc. Any one of a number of records might tell you "how late you can go?"