Author: mjnrootdig

Is It Worth It?

Curiosity killed the cat, as they say. Genealogical curiosity can kill your budget and bank account. An earlier post discussed Soundex cards to Baltimore passenger lists in the 19th century. The cards located were for several members of my family. I’ve seen the actual passenger lists for this family so locating the cards for me […]

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Troutfelters, Troutfeathers, and Broad Searches of the Census at Ancestry.com

Broad searches are fine as long as they work in a way that the researcher expects. That does not appear to be the case with a search I recently conducted of the 1850 census on Ancestry.com A “broad” search for Troutfelter in the 1850 census brought about ten results, including three with the spelling of […]

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The Littlest Clue

I wrote about these checks from my Grandpa Neill in Genealogy Tip of the Day but realized that there’s another very small clue in these two checks–one that reminds us of the importance of looking at everything and every detail. The checks were written in 1941 when my grandparents and their two children were living […]

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A Troutveller Feller

I’ve known about Theodore Trautvetter’s disappearance from Warsaw, Illinois, in the early 1890s. I also know that the middle-aged farmer returned home from his absence and lived out the rest of his life in the area. This post is not about that. It’s a quick reminder about a few things involving newspapers. The last name […]

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