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Funerals by the People

When Harm Habben was buried “Near Quincy road in Harmony Township,” the “people” were the undertaker. It wasn’t the “People’s Funeral Home.” Likely the neighbors helped the family with preparation of the body and the funeral. The death certificate makes it sound like Habben was buried along a road somewhere. The burial was actually in […]

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Avoiding Relationships

Benjamin Butler and his “children” are one of those situations where immediate entry into a genealogical database may be premature–especially when that genealogical database forces one to enter parent-child relationships. Benjamin was born about 1819 probably in New York State and spent most of his “reproductive life” in Michigan, Iowa, Missouri, and Kansas at a time […]

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Here a Keokuk, There a Keokuk Everywhere a Keokuk?

It can be confusing when small political jurisdictions with the same name are contained within the same larger jurisdiction. That’s apparently what caused the confusion with the index entry for this 1940 death certificate from the State of Iowa that appears on FamilySearch in their “Iowa, Death Records, 1921-1940.” George Sartorius died at Graham Hospital in Keokuk, […]

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How Precise?

I am thinking out loud here. I’m typing up my ahnentafel chart for presentation on my website. One of the issues I have is the precision of the location of an event. Many of my families are clustered in several rural areas, locations are not always overly specific. Genealogists like specifics, but sometimes we have […]

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