Month: November 2019

Comparing Population and Agricultural Schedules in 1885–Different Names for the Same People

Agricultural census schedules are not always just about farming. They can also provide clues to what is in the population schedules as well. Finding Tamme Tammen in the 1885 population schedules for the Nebraska State Census proved to be somewhat difficult. Finding him in the agricultural census schedules (shown on the left hand side in […]

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Same Age One Day a Year

November 10th was always the day. The one day a year my great-grandparents, Mimka and Tjode (Goldenstein) Habben were the same age. Otherwise Mimka was one year older than Tjode. Mimka was born 11 November 1881 in Prairie Township, Hancock County, Illinois. Tjode was born on 10 November 1882 in Dawson County, Nebraska. The couple […]

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Here a John, Thru a John, Messed up the John-John

Apparently the “Big Tree” at AncestryDNA has pulled information from some interesting submissions for my Neill family. There are basically two problems with what’s in the “Big Tree:” John Neill (1774-1849) has left no documentary evidence to suggest he is the father of John Neill (my 3rd great-grandfather as shown in the illustration). The John […]

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Abraham’s Wife is the Key

We’ve discussed the Revolutionary War pension file of Elam/Alam Blaine before, but the testimony of Abraham Wickizer/Wickiser makes several key points about indirect proof and determining “why” that I thought I would discuss it again. [begin transcription]Also Abraham Wickiser of lawful age being first duly sworn by me as herein after certified deposes & says […]

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