John Lytle (1820-1892) of McDowell County, NC – Research Notes Summary

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John Lytle was born 26 Jan 1820, probably in Burke County, North Carolina, to George Lytle and Ann Clark.  The purpose of this post is to document the research done to date and to note any future research that should be pursued.  Research thus far has focused on compiled sources and census records from 1850 […]

Why I (Sometimes) Like OneNote Better than Evernote

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If you are a regular visitor here (or follow me on Twitter), then you know that I love Evernote.  However, sometimes I prefer to use OneNote.  Evernote is the clear leader when it comes to saving and retrieving  notes, but sometimes I want to take notes in a way that Evernote doesn’t support.  That’s when […]

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 […]

Goals for an Organized Research Process

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 […]

North Carolina Probate Records on FamilySearch

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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 […]

Uncle Worth’s Burial Permit

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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 […]