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Images on Railway Map

This comes from a map in the Railroad Collection at the Library of Congress. This one for Hancock County, Illinois, was one of Galbraith’s railway mail service maps, published in Chicago in 1897 and drawn Frank H. Galbraith. It can be seen completely at https://www.loc.gov/item/98688467/ I’m trying to figure out what each of the pictures […]

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Recording Fees for Deeds

There are several reasons why deeds don’t often tell genealogists as much as we would like, but here is a good one: money. This image comes from the 1891 Illinois Revised Statutes and indicates that the current recording fee at that point in time was 8 cents for every one hundred words. Chances are no […]

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As Precise as it Gets

The 1910 census for your relative indicates that she was 60 years of age and was born in Ohio. You have a date of birth for your ancestor of 5 January 1850 with the location being Jackson Township, Coshocton County, Ohio. If you connect sources to dates and locations in your genealogy database, should you […]

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Webinar Closeout Followup

I’m wrapping up some issues we had with our coupon on our webinar closeout offer. Coupon code SAVE50PERCENT at checkout will reduce your order price by half. We’ve extended it for some regular readers who missed our offer over the weekend. Downloads are immediate. Viewing can be done whenever. The final shutdown of will take […]

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A Little Fiction…

note: This was written some time ago and was intended as fiction, food for thought, or a warning. Take your pick. Jefferson County—A Digitized County (c) 2010 Michael John Neill(do NOT copy/paste without permission) Jefferson County Historical Society Meeting, 1 April 2010, secretary’s minutes“The monthly meeting was brought to order….. “Michael Neill mentioned that his […]

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Tips and Tricks of Deciphering German Handwriting: A Translator’s Tricks of the Trade for Transcribing German Genealogy Documents

Tips and Tricks of Deciphering German Handwriting: A Translator’s Tricks of the Trade for Transcribing German Genealogy Documents by Katherine Schober is not going to make you an immediate expert. Only practice can do that and no book, no matter how detailed and exhaustive, can include every little nuance. Humans create handwriting and individuals variants […]

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