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Now that Casefile Clues is back on track, I’m realizing how much fun it actually is to write and I’m reminded of how important actual writing, summarizing, and compiling analysis is to research. It is one thing to think through your reasoning in your mind.
It is another thing to put that reasoning to paper.
Writing up analysis and methodology strengthens your research. That’s true even if you never intend to have anyone else read your written up conclusions.
We’ve done several articles involving Civil War pension applications and we’ll soon be leaving those for other types of records and documents. I’m open to suggestions for what to write about, keeping the following in mind:
- I only write about people that I am actually researching.
- I only write about things of which I have a working knowledge.
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Issue 3-51 is in draft mode.
It looks at an 1895 will for a potential uncle of mine–Tamme Focken Tammen. The will was found thanks to the statewide probate indexes at Ancestry.com. Tamme died in a location where I had not thought to look for him. I originally had concluded that he died either in Dawson County, Nebraska, or Hancock/Adams Counties in Illinois and that his death had not been recorded.
I’m reasonably certain the will is for the guy I’m looking for, but we just analyze what’s in the document for issue 3-51.
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As we continue to play catchup, we’ll be using examples from several Civil War pension files I’ve obtained over the past several years. Complete pension files are often helpful when the veteran (or his widow if she survived him) was born in a state that did not keep vital records during the time of the birth.
There are other reasons for getting these records, but for those born in locations where there are no vital records, they are particularly helpful.
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