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Superficial Purposes

In the most recent issue of Casefile Clues, I discussed two Civil War pension affidavits from 1915 that were used in support of a claim for a veteran from Missouri. One of the affidavits gave the names of the parents of the veteran and his siblings. I’m reasonably certain he knew who his parents and his […]

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Is It Worth It?

Curiosity killed the cat, as they say. Genealogical curiosity can kill your budget and bank account. An earlier post discussed Soundex cards to Baltimore passenger lists in the 19th century. The cards located were for several members of my family. I’ve seen the actual passenger lists for this family so locating the cards for me […]

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Census Misconceptions

Pre-1850 US census records tell you nothing. They can provide some information about general members of the household, but the analysis is not as easy as with census records 1850 and after. Tax records can be a good census substitute. Tax records can be used as part of an extensive research plan and they are helpful […]

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Getting the Signature of Andrew Trask

This is the only signature we have of Andrew Trask, born ca. 1814 Mass. died in Mercer County, Illinois in the 1880s. It comes from his land purchase in Clinton County, Illinois, in 1845. Cash land sale files (available from the National Archives in Washington, DC) typically contain little in the way of identifying information. […]

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State Records are not Federal Records: Andrew Trasks’ Two Illinois Purchases of Government Land

Confusion often results from a lack of knowledge. Years ago, I located a relative in the “Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales Database” on the Illinois State Archives website as shown below. Andrew Trask acquired property first in Clinton County, Illinois, and then in Mercer County, Illinois. Records in Mercer County clearly indicate the entries are for […]

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The Missing Shared Matches

There are reasons to sort out your DNA matches for those families that you have no desire to work on and who were not the “reason you took the test.” That’s not just because you may change your mind about one of those families. Sorting out the families you “weren’t going to work on” may […]

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Some Ways to Save Genealogy Money

This list is not by any means comprehensive, but here are some ways to save money on genealogical expenses: utilize local genealogical societies–through the mail, their website, their Facebook page, etc. utilize local libraries where your ancestor lived use FamilySearch to access the record images they have on their site use your local Family History Center […]

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