The researcher has gotten back to me with her results of my search requests in the Clinton County, Illinois, Courthouse. Her search was a partial bust. But sometimes that how research is. She was paid for time in doing research–not guaranteed results. She made that clear in her communication with me. I was already aware […]
If you think your ancestor homesteaded in the United States and completed their application process, an image of their original patent should be on the Bureau of Land Management website. As we saw in an earlier post (“Forty Acres in Section 28-Once, Maybe Twice“), there are completed homesteads whose patents are not in this index. Completed […]
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I installed the “We’re Related” app from Ancestry.com on my new phone just to see how it had changed from when I originally installed and experimented with it some time ago. It’s not really changed. In fact, it indicated that my maternal grandmother was a woman named Harriet I. Pulver (1926-1952). Pulver apparently spent her entire life […]
One of the nice things about the land patent search at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) website is the ability to perform geographic searches based upon the location of the property that was patented. This can be a great way to search when the location of the property obtained from the federal government is […]
When Eliza Ramsey could not be located in the database of homestead files for Nebraska at Ancestry.com, one of the things I did was to locate her in the tract books for the Bureau of Land Management. These books contain a reference to every claim made for federal property–even if it was incomplete. The books are […]
My correspondent told me that Eliza Ramsey obtained a homestead in Saunders County, Nebraska, in 1875. They gave me the legal description of the property: S ½ of the NE ¼ and the E ½ of the SE ¼ of Section 28, Township 13, Range 9 E. Calculated from the legal description the property totalled […]
It’s still about the apples for Mary Rice in late 18th century Massachusetts. That’s fortunate because her insistence on keeping the fruit of her apples for the duration of her natural life left me with with a genealogical clue that did not require too much peeling. The apples are mentioned in two deeds recorded consecutively […]
We’ve set the dates for my annual research trip to Salt Lake City, Utah’s Family History Library. Details have been posted to our website.
The records that I needed for Clinton County, Illinois, are not accessible online and making a personal trip is not practical at this point due to other time commitments. It’s important to remember the research goals when hiring or contracting any research. My goal is to try and document children of Harrison Ramsey who […]