Author: mjnrootdig

Let Carl Have it All and Let the Secretary Cross it Out

The list of disbursements in the 1938 final accounting of the John J. Trautvetter estate contains an inordinate number of “x”s. Over half of the disbursements were effectively eliminated before the report was filed. The disbursements that have been cancelled were to John’s family. He died in Quincy, Adams County, Illinois, in 1937 leaving his […]

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Got Your Deed?

This image comes from the Rockford [Illinois] Forum of 9 January 1850. Apparently the former recorder had approximately 1,000 deeds that had never been picked up. Interestingly enough my ancestor Clark Sargent purchased federal property in Winnebago County during this time period. Clark died in 1847 and, who knows, maybe his deed was in this […]

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1850-1940 US Census Class

We are excited to offer this new online class downloadable class on using US census records. Virtually every US genealogist uses census records, but not everyone is aware of how those records can be maximized for what they do contain. There are limitations to these records, but there are advantages to them as well. If […]

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King Versus King and Queen: Virginians Who Get Moved to California

As of the date of this post, according to the “Virginia, Slave Birth Index, 1853-1866,” nearly 1300 individuals in this Virginia database were born in California. They were not just born anywhere in California–they were born in King, California, which is located in San Bernardino County. This does seem a tad bit strange. While searches […]

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