Month: September 2019

Can You Find the Typographical Error and Getting the Date

This image comes from page 216 of Probate Journal 44 from Hancock County, Illinois’ Circuit Clerk’s Office and was obtained on FamilySearch. There is a typographical error in this document. This probate journal is from the December 1917 term of the County Court–18 December 1917. This date is not on the image and the page itself […]

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Using the Revolutionary War Pension and Warrant Index at FamilySearch

FamilySearch has the full-name index to “United States Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Applications, 1800-1900” online on their site. This database is an index only and does not link directly to the images at FamilySearch. The index was created by Fold3.com and FamilySearch links (apparently) to the images at Fold3.com and those are […]

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Weir Sulky Plow

The 1886 estate inventory of Andrew Trask in Mercer County, Illinois, contained a detail that is not always included: the manufacturer of several of the pieces of farm equipment. Modifiers of this type make it possible for the researcher to learn a little more about the item in question. A “Weir Sulkey[sic] plow” was valued […]

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Some Research Suggestions

Here are some research suggestions to remember as your research progresses: Use contemporary [to the problem] maps Cite sources Avoid using record transcriptions Determine a record’s likely informant Question the reliability of the likely informant Ask “how did this record get to me from its original location?” Question (respectfully) the conclusions of others List the assumptions that have been […]

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Making A Chronology

Order is good. I took a little time to organize the materials in John Ufkes’ cancelled homestead application file from the National Archives. 19 August 1871 John Ufkes filed a declaration of intent to become a citizen in Hancock County, Illinois. The copy of the declaration contained in his homestead application file is dated the same […]

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