Analysis

William West Confederate Pension Application

23 September 2012 Analysis

This is one of 17 pages of William West’s application for an Indigent Pension from the state of Georgia for his service in the Civil War. Questions for Applicant   Transcript [boilerplate is in regular font; written answers are italicized] State of Georgia Murray County } William West of said State and County, desiring to […]

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Proof Summary Template

9 September 2012 Analysis

I came back from FGS inspired to work on my DAR application.  It’s been languishing for quite some time, as I wasn’t sure I wanted to proceed.  My purpose in applying was always completion of the rigorous application process; I see it as a validation of my genealogy research skills.  There are a couple of […]

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Write As You Go

3 September 2012 Analysis

One of the classes that really struck a chord with me at FGS 2012 was Elissa Scalise Powell’s Write As You Go!  Regular readers will remember that I make periodic declarations to be more systematic in writing about my research; however, I’m never as disciplined as I want to be. One of the things that […]

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J. A. Hemphill – World War I Draft Registration Card

12 April 2012 Analysis

This week’s Treasure Chest Thursday entry is another World War I Draft Registration Card.  This time the registrant is my great-grandfather, James Alexander Hemphill. So What Does This Record Tell Us? Name:  I think this is the only official document I have that spells out his complete name – James Alexander Hemphill. Residence:  Ramhurst, Georgia.  […]

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Reviewing Old Records Pays Off

9 April 2012 Analysis

It’s a good idea to go back and review documents that you found years ago, because you may see things today that you didn’t notice at the time you found the record or make new connections based on what you’ve learned since then. The Backstory Barbara Baxter and her parents are one of my brick […]

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Pedigree Analysis: Start With What You Know

23 March 2012 Analysis

I’m sure we’ve all heard it said that, in genealogy, you should start with what you know and work from there. In The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy, Greenwood argues that we “must have a name, a date (at least a period of time), and a reasonably specific place or locality” in order to do […]

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Captain Thomas Hemphill’s Will – page 7

12 March 2012 Analysis

This is the seventh 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 […]

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Captain Thomas Hemphill’s Will – page 6

5 March 2012 Analysis

This is the sixth 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 […]

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Captain Thomas Hemphill’s Will – page 5

27 February 2012 Analysis

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 […]

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Captain Thomas Hemphill’s Will – page 4

20 February 2012 Analysis

This is the fourth 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 […]

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