Month: February 2018

Emmar’s Descendant Has Done A DNA Test and Thinking About What It Means

It’s only one test. While the submitter and I are both third great-grandsons of Clark and Mary (Dingman) Sargent, it’s important not to get too excited about a match. Finding one other relative can help with some DNA sorting, but there are limitations. To begin with, even though we are 4th cousins, the amount of […]


Soundex and Sounds Alike Still Not Working At–What Gives?

We can only speak for the 1860 census (I’ve not had time to search others), but it appears that the search at is still not working correctly. Frautvetter and Frautfetter are Soundex equivalent and certainly sound alike, but broad-based searches for Frautvetter and Frautfetter result in different hits as evidenced by the screen shots which […]

Fraught and Fretting over Frautvetters and Frautfetters in’s 1860 Census Index

It was supposed to take five minutes to conduct a search of the 1860 census at on for a few Trautvetter relatives in Kentucky. I had my list of alternate spellings and renderings. Frautvetter is a reasonable transcription variation and it was on my search list. Then I got confused. Frautvetter and Frautfetter (with the Soundex […]

A List of Idiosyncracies–and No Counties in FamilySearch’s 1870 US Census Index

I need to start keeping a list. I wasted fifteen minutes trying to search the 1870 census at FamilySearch by counties and towns until I remembered: the 1870 census at FamilySearch does not include in the searchable databaseany geographic information smaller than the state That precludes me from searching by counties, townships, etc.  That inflates my search […]

Who Do You Contact on FindAGrave?

I’ve used FindAGrave memorials for hundreds of relatives throughout my research (generally only for tombstone image). I don’t contact every submitter for every photograph or every memorial creator. There simply isn’t time. While I do appreciate the work of those who have taken pictures (and I’ve taken some myself), it does not seem like a […]

Declaring that the Original Should Be Viewed

It’s always advised to look at the original. The entry for Charles Gropp in FamilySearch‘s “Ohio, County Naturalization Records, 1800-1977” is an excellent reason why. The index entry indicates that the 49-year old had a “naturalization” in 1868 in Coshocton, County, Ohio.  That’s not quite what Charles Gropp did on 27 November 1868. What he did […]