Determining if your ancestor filed a Timber Claim under the Timber Culture Act of 1873 can be somewhat problematic. The Timber Act was passed with the hope of getting settlers on Federal land to plant and cultivate timber. The belief was that the timber could eventually be harvested by settlers and that the vegetation would […]
Due to a scheduling conflict, we’ve moved our Beginning Irish research webinar to 30 October at 2:00 pm central. Registration details are in our original post.
Ancestry’s “California, Death Index, 1940-1997” is one of those databases that contains data elements that are not indicated in the search screen. The query box for this database includes: First, middle, and last names Date and place of birth (location based on Ancestry’s “geographic drop down list”) Date and place of death (location based on […]
Jurgen Goldenstein died in Hawthorne, California, in 1972. His estate was probated in Los Angeles County and his siblings and their descendants were determined to be his heirs. Since I only obtained selected documents from the estate file, I have no way of knowing who provided the information on Jurgen’s family. It is possible that […]
The 1925 Carthage College yearbook’s reference to Clara Engelhardt indicated that “this year her thoughts wander to Philadelphia.” There’s no mention why the student at the Illinois college was thinking of Pennsylvania. On the surface, it is difficult to determine just what is causing Clara to think of Philadelphia. Yearbook comments are not always based […]