Issue 4-6 has just been sent to subscribers. It discusses the obituaries of a mother and daughter who died 6 months apart in Illinois in 1913.
Citations are an integral part of genealogical research and I cite every document that’s discussed in Casefile Clues. Admittedly upon occasion there are statements about the individuals or families being researched that we do not cite. That’s usually to help us stay on our editorial schedule and to keep the last page or two of the newsletter from being overwhelmed by citations.
A recent post to my Rootdig blog mentioned including part of the “how I got it” as a part of my citation. I don’t think that generally speaking the “how I found it” needs to be included in a citation. For most materials the process by which it was obtained is fairly straightforward from the citation. The item in the blog post could easily be found again by using the citation. That’s not the point. The question is, “how would I find similar items in this publication?” short of doing a manual search. What caused me to get there in the first place? Do I need to include a search process when a manual search was not the process?
I’m not exactly certain how to include it, but somewhere I think that needs to be noted.
To help me stay on top of things, I’ve had to stop taking registrations in the last session of my US land records class as of 11 PM on 4 October. So if you were thinking about signing up, this is your reminder. The class has 5 sessions and includes a variety of US land-related topics.
This page has more information about the class:
Issue 4-5 has been sent to those on the distribution list.
Email me at email@example.com if you did not receive this issue which looks at an application to have a charge of desertion removed from a Civil War service record.
Issue 4-5 is being finalized now. It looks at the appeal of George Trautvetter’s desertion charge during the American Civil War. It certainly explains why he never received a pension. Stay tuned! Subscribe here to join the discovery.
I’m offering one last session of this class as I transition away from webinars and online presentations. Details are here.
This is being offered in response to requests from several readers. It will be the last one for sometime as I’m enjoying doing more research and writing–and working on Casefile Clues.
This was a really high-tech approach I took to note taking while I was at the Family History Library last May and June. I was working in some Boston, Mass., records and to keep myself from getting confused, I took pictures of the index entries for the estates I needed. Then those pictures were pasted into Word and I created a table alongside the image and added columns for:
- FHL roll number
- copied or not
Not overly sophisticated, but it served my purpose and made creating citations easier later. I then took a picture of my notes to save as an image along with the actual images I made of records.
We’re hoping to include some issues of Casefile Clues using the records from Boston.
Issue 4-4 has been sent to those on the distribution list.
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The next issue of Casefile Clues (4-4) will look at a guardianship petition from 1889. We will focus on what the document says and try and strip away assumptions we may make about a document that may not necessarily be true. This is an excellent case where not making assumptions is advised.
As we’ll see in a later issue–this petition was filed six years after the husband died and for a very specific reason which is alluded to in the petition.
- tombstone of the week
- citation the week
- photograph of the week
- term of the week