SSDI Mining

18 February 2012 Research

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. […]

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James Butler Family – Name Possibilities Search Chart

8 February 2012 Research

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. […]

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Captain Thomas Hemphill’s Will – page 2

6 February 2012 Analysis

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 […]

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Goals for an Organized Research Process

22 January 2012 And More

One of our first topics in US Records Study Group was “Organizing and Evaluating Research Findings.”  When people talk about “being organized,” I think they are often referring to the physical “stuff”:  the documents, photos, and artifacts that they have accumulated.  Can any of this stuff be located at a moments notice? I have a […]

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Do You Miss Research Opportunities Because You Think You Don’t Have Time?

22 July 2011 Research

I was in the neighboring county a couple of weeks ago when I realized I had about thirty minutes to kill, so I sped over to the library. Normally I would not have done this, because I didn’t have any genealogy information with me and I would have thought I didn’t have enough time to […]

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North Carolina Probate Records on FamilySearch

13 July 2011 Evidence

A couple of weeks ago, a tweet passed through my Twitter stream from @FSHistRecords announcing that North Carolina Probate Records had been added to FamilySearch.  Since I have many, many ancestors who lived in North Carolina, I immediately clicked on the link.  This is one of those non-indexed databases that FamilySearch is doing now, in […]

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Uncle Worth’s Burial Permit

11 July 2011 Evidence

This is the permit to bury my grandmother’s only brother.  I’m excited about this record for a couple of reasons.  For one thing, I’d never seen a burial permit before; I had no idea so much good genealogical information would be included.  For another, it corroborates my grandmother’s story about her brother’s death. Analysis of […]

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Uncle Walt and Aunt Julia Get Married

18 June 2011 Analysis

On this date in 1933, Walter T. Hemphill and Julia Bowers were joined in the holy bonds of matrimony.  They were married in Murray County, Georgia. Walt was my grandfather’s older brother. Analysis From this record, I learned Walt and Julia’s marriage date and place.  It also gave me a primary source for Walt’s middle […]

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Ordering a DAR Application

15 June 2011 Research

Last month I spent time working on finding sources for some unsourced people who had been in my database for a long time.  There was one family, in particular, for whom I wanted documentation, but I didn’t find much.  The children in this family had all moved out long before the 1850, every-name census and […]

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June Genealogy To-Dos

6 June 2011 And More

I had considered skipping To-Dos this month, given my recent lack of motivation and the fact that summer is here, the cicadas are mostly gone (yea!), and I want to spend time outside.  Instead, I decided to do a very abbreviated list. Research Saturday I was contacted by a DNA match from 23andMe.  We think […]

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