18 April 2015
17 April 2015
A quit claim deed is one where the grantor is giving up their claim to a specific piece of property. The grantor may not have clear title and that doesn't matter as a quit claim deed is technically only transferring the grantor's claim to the grantee.
The grantor signs the deed and the grantee is the person to whom the claim is assigned.
16 April 2015
Is it possible that an informant on a record simply gave a similar sounding name or mixed up two names from the same language or ethnic group?
15 April 2015
14 April 2015
13 April 2015
12 April 2015
But try and keep the historical events included relevant to your ancestor's life instead of giving into temptation and adding every event you can think of. My 1865-era German immigrant to the United States, never lived west of the Mississippi River and died in 1912. I don't need the San Francisco Earthquake in his chronology. It's not really relevant to his life.
Adding too much to a chronology that's not related to your ancestor makes it more difficult to use the chronology as an analytical tool.
11 April 2015
10 April 2015
09 April 2015
Yes...with no internet access.
Sometimes it can be tempting to immediately pursue an idea that we don't allow time to consider all options and possibilities. Consider spending a portion of your "genealogy time" offline--even if you use the computer for many genealogical tasks. You may find that it helps your focus.
08 April 2015
07 April 2015
- her husband just died?
- there was a change in the law?
- her financial status changed?
06 April 2015
We try and keep the tips relatively short because that's what people tend to expect here and I want to keep the blog in that style of writing and format. If you'd like to see the longer posts, you can visit the Rootdig blog. Sometimes I'll link to those posts from here, but many times I forget to do it.
What the genealogist should generally look for are spellings that "sound the same" as the intended last name.
- Peter Biegers
- Peter Berger
- Peter Beger
- Peter Biegert
05 April 2015
Only focusing on one level may cause you to overlook something.
04 April 2015
However, when using these trees, I:
- never copy the information into my tree-ever;
- search the tree for sources (besides other trees);
- use the dates/places/relationships given to suggest sources that might confirm that information;
- remember the conclusions could be invalid and only spend so much time trying to confirm them;
- try and contact the submitter;
- never copy the information into my tree-ever (that's worth including twice).
03 April 2015
02 April 2015
That phrase "please copy Warsaw Signal" could be a clue the person mentioned in the article would be known to readers of that paper.
And that could be a clue.
01 April 2015
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31 March 2015
Whether a given piece of primary information is correct is another story.
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.