Month: December 2019

Death Bed Care in 1869

This image comes from part of an expense submission by John Herbert to the estate of Michael Trautvetter, probated in Hancock County, Illinois, in 1869. Herbert’s wife was actually Michael’s niece. Herbert was allowed $4.50 per day for taking care of Trautvetter in his final illness. I’m not certain if there was a table of […]


They Didn’t Film the Back

It is frustrating when a record is only partially filmed or digitized. That’s what happened with these index cards created from Baltimore passenger lists (NARA publication M327: Index to Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Baltimore (Federal Passenger Lists), 1820-1897–available digitally at FamilySearch). I have seen the actual passenger list, so whatever the clerk indicated on the […]