Author: mjnrootdig

World War II Draft Cards–Younger Men’s Draft

A significant number of World War II US draft registration cards from what is referred to as the “young men’s draft” have been published on FamilySearch. A list of the currently available states has been published on our Genealogy Search Tip of the Day and a few quick tips to using these cards has been posted on Genealogy Tip […]

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That 1870 Census Entry for the Smith-Kile Family

A Facebook follower asked for additional clarification about the entry for the Smith-Kile family’s 1870 census entry that was discussed in “What Did Ancestry.com Add and Automate to this 1870 Census Entry?” and wondered if somewhere on the census page there was a notation that Ancestry.com used to “break” the census entry apart. Nope. The entire […]

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What Did Ancestry.com Add and Automate to this 1870 Census Entry?

It’s the automation of the research process that can create confusion. If records were completely standardized, families always lived in the same structure, and no one “colored outside the lines,” research would be easier. But they didn’t color in the lines all the time. Records are not always standardized. Families can live in more than […]

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An 1811 Slave Murder in Virginia

Sometimes that which we find is not pleasant. I first learned of the 1811 slave murder when searching for references to my Sledd family on  Genealogybank. The vast majority of  Sledd references before 1850 in  Genealogybank refer to this murder–which was not what I was actually looking for. A search of GoogleBooks located the reference below.  Unfortunately none of the online […]

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While Reading the Clagg Court Case

There are many depositions in the Clagg-Sledd Court case from Bedford County,  Virginia, which came to a head in 1827. We’ve written about the case before focusing on the origination of the debt. But the origination of the debt is only the tip of the iceberg and I’m still trying to figure it out. The […]

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My Blogs

I maintain the following genealogy blogs. The blogs are all free to subscribe to: Rootdig.com—Michael’s thoughts, research problems, suggestions, and whatever else crosses his desk Genealogy Tip of the Day—one genealogy research tip every day–short and to the point Genealogy Search Tip—websites I’ve discovered and the occasional online research tip–short and to the point Casefile […]

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When Your Ancestor Said How Old He Was

Individuals give their ages in a variety of records before 1900 in the United States. How many times were they asked for “proof” or “evidence” of their age? And how many times were they simply asked? If it seemed reasonable to the clerk or official, that’s probably what got written down. That potential for variability […]

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