Month: January 2019

Menlo Park, California, Seminar 4 May 2019

I’ll be speaking at the San Mateo County, California, Genealogical Society’s May 2019 workshop in Menlo Park, California. The seminar will be held on 4 May 2019. Registration details are on their website. Topics: Problem Solving Applied to Genealogy Organizing Online Research Researching the Entire Family and Beyond Finding Barbara’s Beaus and Gesche’s Girls I’m […]


It’s Not Just the Informant

I read an analysis of two 19th century US census entries that contained different information for the same immigrant family. The reason for the difference, according to the analysis, was that the informants were probably different. That’s a very definite possibility and if the respondent in one entry spoke better English than another respondent did […]


A Merged Daughter

The 1902 order probating Adam Trautvetter’s will in Hancock County, Illinois, referenced the following heirs-at-law and legatees: Louis Troutvetter George Troutvetter Lena Bucklew Edward Troutvetter Minnie Troutvetter Frederick Troutvetter It’s important to note that the list contains two groups of people: heirs-at-law and legatees. The heirs-at-law are individuals who are entitled to inherit from a […]