Author: mjnrootdig

Ancestry’s Keyword Search…An Occasional Trick

Ancestry’s “California, Death Index, 1940-1997” is one of those databases that contains data elements that are not indicated in the search screen. The query box for this database includes: First, middle, and last names Date and place of birth (location based on Ancestry’s “geographic drop down list”) Date and place of death (location based on […]

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Migratory Clues in Yearbooks?

The 1925 Carthage College yearbook’s reference to Clara Engelhardt indicated that “this year her thoughts wander to Philadelphia.” There’s no mention why the student at the Illinois college was thinking of Pennsylvania. On the surface, it is difficult to determine just what is causing Clara to think of Philadelphia. Yearbook comments are not always based […]

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US Court and Probate Records Webinars Download Available

We are excited to offer new and updated sessions of these two popular presentations. If you pre-ordered a copy, email me at mjnrootdig@gmail.com if you did not get your copy. Introduction to US Probate Records This session will provide attendees with an overview the US probate process and how records created fit into that entire […]

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Helped to Bury Him in 1854

Widow’s pension applications are full of statements by neighbors, associates, and relatives testifying to the marriage of the widow, her residence in a specific area, her not remarrying again, the veteran’s military service, etc. Usually specific relationships by biology or marriage are not stated in these affidavits as documenting the relationship is not the purpose […]

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BLM Tract Book Discovery

FamilySearch has had the Bureau of Land Management Tract Books (titled: United States, Bureau of Land Management Tract Books, 1820-1908) on their website. Using the books takes a little bit of patience and a little bit of knowledge, but it’s not impossible. William Newman purchased property in Tipton County, Indiana, in the 1850s. Locating that […]

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