Month: October 2015

Back from Colorado

I enjoyed giving presentations at the Colorado Chapter of the Palatines to America seminar this past Saturday. Presenting always causes me to notice things in my own research that I’ve overlooked or need to follow up on. It’s also nice to meet people with whom I’ve only had an email or online correspondence. Even though […]


Troutfetter’s Homestead Delayed for Lack of Citizenship-Part II

In part I of this series, we saw that Christian Troutfetter’s Thomas County, Kansas, homestead claim was delayed due to his lack of citizenship. We also saw that Troutfetter initially claimed that he was naturalized at the time he started his claim and that he later naturalized in Thomas County shortly before his claim was […]

Why Can’t FamilySearch Give Me all of Montana?

To turn a political phrase into a genealogical one, “it’s the sourcing, stupid.” And it really is about the sourcing. I source my own genealogical records to keep myself from making stupid mistakes. There are several reasons I make stupid mistakes in my genealogical research. One of the biggest reasons I’ve made stupid mistakes is […]

Online Land Record Course–Starts 26 October

Land records can contain significant genealogical clues. These records can also be confusing for researcher who is unfamiliar with their structure, purpose, terminology, and organization. Starting on 26 October, we’ll be hosting a 5 session class on using and interpreting land records in the United States.  I’ve used land records extensively in my thirty-some years […]

Notice Was Published in My Son’s Newspaper

Clues can be anywhere on a document, including an 1893 newspaper notice. Part of the homestead process was taking “proof” and public notice of that “proof-taking” had to be given. And there had to be “proof” in the homestead application file that notice had been given. That’s the reason for this document.   Normally I […]

Digging “Dirigios”

“dirigio” from the Latin, meaning “to direct.” Sometimes I’d like to give some “dirigios” to people creating databases. And yes, I realize that’s not proper usage. FamilySearch recently announced  an update in their Louisiana, New Orleans Passenger Lists, 1820-1945. The database links to actual images of the ship manifests made from National Archives microfilm copies […]