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 […]
My 1950 census webinar has been released for purchase and immediate download. Discounted introductory price until 12 September 2021. More details on our announcement page.
I’ve taken an ancestral incident in Kentucky in the early 19th century and turned it into a bedtime story for my grandson. I did not review the records of the resulting court case before I started telling the story. There was no preconceived plan to tell the story. I just started one afternoon when it […]
We’ve still got room in our prepping for the 1950 census release webinar. Ordered recordings will be available after the session on 9 Sept 2021 and can be viewed at the purchaser’s convenience. Details on our post.
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 […]
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 […]
I’ve been using a death register from Adams County, Illinois, in the 1870 and 1880 time period. It’s been an interesting experience to say the least. The entries in the death register appear to have been created from the actual death certificates. That means that technically what is in the death register is secondary information […]
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 […]
We are offering another session of our 5 part series on US land records that runs weekly in February and March. Details are on our announcement page.
One of the reasons for having my father-in-law do a DNA test at AncestryDNA was to see if I could make any headway on the ancestors of his ancestor, Samuel Trask. Samuel was born approximately in 1814 in Boston and moved to the Midwest by the 1840s where he married and had a family. There […]