Month: November 2016

Headstone Application for Claude Sartorius

The headstone application for Claude Sartorius appears in “Headstone Applications for Military Veterans, 1925-1963,” on Ancestry.com. There is a significant amount of detail on this “Application for Headstone or Marker” which documents some of his military service between 1906 and 1909. He is buried on the grounds of the former Peoria State Hospital near Bartonville, Illinois, […]

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Humor: The Other Book

Researcher walks into the courthouse and asks for the Udder Book. Clerk has no idea what the Udder Book is and thinks the researcher means the “Other Book,” but that doesn’t make any sense either, so he asks the researcher.   I need the Udder Book. It’s the Udder Book. A professional genealogist told me […]

New England Town Records

I recently obtained a copy of Ann S. Lainhart’s Digging for Genealogical Treasure in New England Town Records. I’m glad I did. My research into my New England lines, which I’ve not known about as long as my other families from other regions, has so far concentrated on vital records (birth, marriage, and death) along with land […]

Did Ancestry.com Confuse Germany and Chile?

[This has been fixed as of 4:21 pm central time on 21 November 2016.] It’s been a little while since we posted anything from Ancestry.com. Sometimes one wonders about the attention to detail in the database descriptions. “Germany, Select Births and Baptisms, 1558-1898” only references “civil registration records from Chile.” There’s probably a geography lesson […]

The “We’re Related” App on Ancestry.com–Don’t Automatically Extend my Pedigree

I gave into temptation and downloaded the “We’re Related” app from Ancestry.com. Originally I was not even going to download it, but went ahead in the interest of keeping on top of what’s going on in the online genealogy world. I had no interest in which “famous” person to whom I am related, but I […]

An Incorrect 1860 Census Enumeration Could Have a Sibling

[a followup] Sometimes it is difficult to tell where the wrong information a census record ends and the correct information begins. This 1860 census enumeration for the household of Conrad Haase in Hancock County, Illinois’ Walker Township is an excellent example. Francis and Louisa were actually Francis and Louisa Bieger, children of Barbara Haase by […]