Month: October 2018

Wen the Adens Are Found

It is easy to see how this was indexed as “Habbe Wen” on Ancestry.com. It’s also easy to see how it can be read as Habbe Aden as well–which is what it actually is. The Hermann arrived in New York City on 15 March 1869–apparently with several Ostfriesian individuals on board. Habbe wasn’t really the person of interest […]

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Missing Images Fixed in ELCA Database–But Do You Always Check?

Note: These records appear to have been updated and the issues discussed have been corrected. However the post is still instructive and something that all users of digital images need to be aware of.  [all discussion was current as of 9 May 2015] I easily found the 1882 christening for Tjode Anna Goldenstein in Gothenburg, […]

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Getting More From Searching FamilySearch Webinar Released

What’s on FamilySearch is free, but navigating and refining search results is not always easy. In this presentation we will demonstrate how to construct searches, how to refine results, and how to determine if FamilySearch has online what you need and what you are looking for. See how to get more from FamilySearch and make better use of your online time […]

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Is the Proof in the Pension Good Enough?

  “Good enough” is a phrase that sometimes really isn’t actually good enough. The widow’s pension application of Eliza Jane Ramsey based on her husband, Harrison Ramsey, having served in the Mexican War contains a “certified copy of record of marriage” made in 1892. The certification indicated that the couple was married in Mercer County, […]

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Keeping Track of the Ps and Ws

Abbreviations and symbols are great, but can be confusing when users are unaware of what they mean. Such is the case of P and W on the Bureau of Land Management website. The results page on the Bureau of Land Management website indicates that names on the patent are either the name of a warrantee or a patentee. The […]

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Why We Point Out Errors

Occasionally I get called to task in private emails for pointing out difficulties with databases and websites. The responses usually fall into one of two categories: “Indexes are created by humans” “We should be glad to have anything.” And I’m also told that I just “shouldn’t worry about it.” That comment bothers me on so […]

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It’s About Them…Not About Me

Some will bemoan the fact that people don’t cite their sources, research too quickly, and give nary a thought as to accurate and sound methodology. I understand that, but I also understand that many people just don’t want to read lengthy diatribes extolling why those things are important. I firmly believe in those concepts and […]

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