Most documents refer to him as Joseph M. Neill and until I located his 1879 birth record, I had assumed that his Irish parents had named him Joseph Michael Neill. It seemed pretty logical to me. I never entered his name in any database as Joseph Michael Neill as I’m not in the habit of […]
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Regular readers know that I encourage those whose relative has obtained a federal land patent to view the entry for that location in the Bureau of Land Management tract books. The viewing of those books can be a good way to determine if nearby settlers filed claims on the same day as the relative or […]
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Whether or not a record set is useful depends upon your ancestors. It also depends upon the researcher accessing those records. Federal land records are a wonderful set of records that are occasionally overlooked by researchers. Recently I realized that several of my ancestors were mentioned in federal land records. Some just started the process […]
This 1766 request was made by Mary Brown for her “third” in the estate of her late husband, Amos Brown. Amos had left his wife several legacies in his 1766 will, but the amount was less than her right of dower or one-third. Apparently sick in 1766, Amos Brown of Stow, Massachusetts, wrote his will […]
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As I’ve been discovering more information on my uncle’s 1925 car accident and resulting lawsuit, I’ve been reminded of the importance of a few things. Reviewing what you did early in your research. When I began my research, I looked at virtually every book I could get my hands on in the courthouse. It was […]
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