Captain Thomas Hemphill’s Will – page 5

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This is the fifth installment in a series of nine posts in which I transcribe the will of my Revolutionary War ancestor, Captain Thomas Hemphill. In the first post, we learned that Captain Thomas’ will was contested by two of his children and a son-in-law, and that the date usually seen for his death may […]

Real Genealogists Don’t Copy and Paste

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I‘ve had the unfortunate experience recently of discovering that a great deal of content from Tonia’s Roots has been copied and pasted elsewhere, without my permission.  I suppose this is a sign of the times we live in; it is so easy to copy and paste that people don’t think they need to do their […]

SSDI Mining

Earlier this week, Randy Seaver wrote a post called “Are You Prepared to Research Without the SSDI?” about mining SSDI data, in case we lose access to this valuable resource.  I thought this was a great idea, so I’ve spent several hours this week working the SSDI database and it has been time well spent. […]

James Butler Family – Name Possibilities Search Chart

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Problem:  Locate James Benjamin Butler family on 1910 census.  They should appear in Hardeman County, Texas, based on the birth locations that I have for their two oldest children.  I’ve looked for them many times, searching multiple ways and browsing through every page of the Hardeman County censuses.  However, I’ve never systematically tracked my searches. […]

Captain Thomas Hemphill’s Will – page 2

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This is the second installment in a series of nine posts in which I transcribe the will of my Revolutionary War ancestor, Captain Thomas Hemphill.  In the first post, we learned that Captain Thomas’ will was contested by two of his children and a son-in-law, and that the date usually seen for his death may […]