28 February 2007
If you said it "doesn't make any difference," you've got some learning to do ;-)
We'll post the answer in a few days.
Answer--the mortgagor is the person who signed the mortgage--that is, they borrowed the money.
27 February 2007
Most traditions are not completely false and contain a buried grain of truth. Finding that grain of truth and determining the difference between truth and fiction is not a simple matter.
The rest can be read in our "Analyze the Tradition" which was posted to our site some time ago in the pre-blog era.
- 1920 Census--Louis Armstrong
- 1920 Census--Count Basie
- 1920 Census--George Washington Carver
- 1920 Census--Duke Ellington
- 1920 Census--Ella Fitzgerald
- 1920 Census--Dizzy Gillespie
- 1920 Census--Billy Holiday
- 1920 Census--Joe Lewis
- 1920 Census--Rosa Parks
Ancestry has extended its 3 free day offer of the African-American Collection until 12 March
Ancestry.com has extended it's African-American History Month promotion until March 12th. You can get three days of free access to materials in their African-American Collection. It might be worth a try. We've blogged about a few famous African-Americans on our site:
- 1880 Census-Frederick Douglass
- 1850 Sojourner Truth
- 1860 Frederick Douglass
- 1870 Scott Joplin
- 1930 Rosa Parks
There are a lot more on our site and we'll try and get an updated list out
You can search the the 1900 census for your own relatives and see what their occupations were.
Of course, you can search the everyname index to the 1920 United States Federal Census for your own relatives.
26 February 2007
The rest of the article on chronologies was posted as The Space Time Continuum on my website.
I am soooo glad I don't have any really famous relatives (although I am related to two well-known genealogists who shall remain anonymous).
While I like finding famous people in the census, obscurity has its benefits.
Little did she know she would hit the newswires so long after her death. Julia Thurmond Sharpton, shown here in the 1850 Census for Liberty County, Florida, once owned Al Sharpton's ancestor, Coleman Sharpton.
Julia's husband was Jefferson Sharpton, shown here in 1850 as well.
Those interested in the complete image can Search the 1850 Census at Ancestry.com--the Sharptons didn't rate as "famous" enough for our famous pages...
And one of Thurmond's shirttail relatives owned one of Sharpton's ancestors for a while? An interesting coincidence perhaps, but certainly not worthy of all the hoopla that has been made of it.
Julia Thurmond Sharpton was Strom Thurmond's first cousin twice removed. I have lots of first cousins twice removed. A first cousin twice removed would be a first cousin of my grandparent. I at least a hundred of those, many I never ever met.
Should we be surprised that the media are shocked about slave ownership and the Sharpton-Thurmond connection? Probably not. After all, the media have been focused on:
- Brittany's shaved head.
- Anna Nicole's decadent life and death.
- the endless parade of anexoric actresses and models.
My great-great-parents were husband and wife and step-brother and step-sister. I'm still waiting for the news crew ;-)
24 February 2007
23 February 2007
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The death certificate indicates he died at the Midwest Hotel in Kansas City and that the cause of death was suicide.
The family back home in Illinois was convinced that he was robbed and murdered. Tradition has it that an inquest was held into his death when his body was returned to Illinois for burial.
My goal is to learn more about this inquest. There are several things I am going to do as a part of this search:
- Attempt to obtain coroner's records for Jackson County, Kansas, where the death took place.
- Attempt to obtain corner's records for Adams County, Illinois, where the body was sent to and where the burial took place.
- Attempt to locate newspaper accounts of this event in newspapers in the Kansas City, Missouri, area as well as in Quincy, Illinois (the Adams County, Illinois county seat) and Golden, Illinois (where the burial took place).
I'll keep you posted and suggestions are welcomed.
One of the Frame children emigrated to Chicago, Illinois, where many of his descendants live today.
I'd be interesting in hearing from anyone who is related to the Frame family, as Robert is my wife's 3rd great-grandfather.
We've posted a couple articles on our site to hopefully give readers some ideas of what to do when the index is not helpful and you are "certain" the person is in there:
The article also discusses how the error likely happened. Sometimes this cannot be determined, but if the genealogist can figure out "why" or reasonably explain the error, it helps to make the case.
22 February 2007
Of course, this was during the era when only propertied men were allowed to vote ;-)
The 1870 United States Federal Census has been indexed and can be searched at Ancestry.com
A while back we posted an article where I outlined my "proof" that a 1910 census enumeration for William Frame is actually that of William Apgar. It shows how I outlined my case and organized the details to see if my conclusion was correct. Based upon what I knew then (and what I know now) I know I have the right person.
Of course, the problem is that William Frame/William Apgar disappears around 1918 and is never heard from again.
21 February 2007
I'm not certain if it qualifies as difficult to read, but this signature comes from the World War I Draft Card of a member of a well-known family. The complete card can be seen here. This card comes from the World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 database at Ancestry.com. Fortunately the registrar wrote the name more legibly than this signature.
20 February 2007
Erasmus and Mary (Gross) Trautvetter, of Thuringen, Germany, were the parents of several children, including John George Trautvetter.
John George Trautvetter (1798-1871), was born in Bad Salzungen, Thuringen, Germany, immigrated to Hancock County, Illinois, with his family and returned to Bad Salzungen where he died in 1871. His wife was Sophia Elizabeth Derle (1808-1877). She is buried at the church cemetery in Tioga, Hancock County, Illinois. They were the parents of several children including John Michael Trautvetter.
John Michael Trautvetter was born in Wohlmuthausen, Germany in 1839 and died near Tioga, Hancock County, Illinois in 1917. He married Franciska Bieger in 1868 in Walker Township, Hancock County, Illinois. She was born in Warsaw, Hancock County, Illinois in 1851 and died near Tioga in 1888. They are buried at the church cemetery in Tioga. They were the parents of several children, including George Adolph Trautvetter.
George Adolph Trautvetter was born in 1869 near Tioga and died in 1935 in Jacksonville, Morgan, Illinois. He was married to Ida May Sargent in 1898. She was born probably in Warsaw in 1874 and died in Quincy, Adams County, Illinois in 1939. They are also buried in Tioga. They were the parents of seven children, including Ida.
Ida Trautvetter was born near Elderville, Hancock County, Illinois in 1910 and died near Carthage, Illinois, in 1994. She married Cecil Neill in 1935. He was born near Stillwell, Hancock County, Illinois in 1903 and died in Keokuk, Iowa in 1968. They are buried in the West Point, Illinois, cemetery. They were my grandparents.
We'll post more as time allows. The Trautvetters a very colorful family and have been very fun to research. Hopefully I'll be able to work more on their German connections.
A search of the online Quincy, Illinois, newspapers located this mention of my ancestor's estate in The Quincy Daily Whig of 14 Aug 1889. I already had seen the will, but there are a few things about this worth noting:
- in an earlier era, many newspapers published summaries of probate information--may be helpful if the courthouse can't find the record, burned, etc.
- more and more newspapers are being put online and can be searched via OCR. If I had not already had the probate information this would have been a neat way to locate it.
- if I did not have the probate information, I would want to contact the courthouse in order to locate it. This is only a summary of the information, the probate packet contains an inventory of the estate.
- Newspapers sometimes get things wrong--granddaughter Ricka Iders is actually Ricka Ideus.
I descend from three of the people mentioned: Ulfert Behrens, Trientje Satorius, and Ricka (Reka) Sartorius. Reka Satorius Janssen is my great-great-grandmother.
I think it is Orwell's 1984 where people are employed to go back and "edit" newspapers after the fact...to change history as it were. I may have the wrong book, but the memory sticks with me from somewhere.
Ever wondered about when we get to the day where we have no print news and the only archives are electronic? How easy will it be for someone to change an old online article from five years ago to "clean it up" or alter it in someway?
Just something to think about.
Divorce is not a 20th century invention. Court records from the early 20th and nineteenth century contain numerous divorce records. These are records that every genealogist should include as a part of a conprehensive research design.
My wife's great-grandmother was divorced in Chicago twice in the early twentieth century.
My 3rd great-grandmother was divorced twice in rural Illinois in the late nineteenth century.
In both cases the records of these divorces were very telling and provided significant genealogical clues.
We've posted an article on divorce records on our site--something you should consider--unless you think your ancestors never never had a disagreement ;-)
I realized we had a "bad image" for Duke Ellington's World War I draft card, so we have re-uploaded it to our site. The 19 year old government messenger is living in Washington, DC and listed his mother as his next of kin.
The World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 are one of the databases at Ancestry.com
The 1930 census enumeration for Laura Ingalls Wilder as shown to the right indicates the importance of looking at the neighbors--her daughter, author Rose Wilder Lane, is living next door.
The Wilder's complete enumeration in Wright County, Missouri, can be viewed on our site. The 1930 can be searched at Ancestry.com.
The 1930 census and other census records have been completely indexed by Ancestry.Com.
19 February 2007
Ancestry.com's blog has published my latest article Starting Pre-1850 Census Searching. Working with pre-1850 census records can be a challenge, especially the first time around. This article focuses on my search for a William Newman and includes information on how I found him in the 1840 census. Census records before 1850 can be used, but it takes some time and practice to avoid making incorrect conclusions. We will follow this article with more on census records in this era. Suggestions can be sent to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I know there are a great number of genealogists who struggle with census records during this period--I know I did when I first started.
Part of locating information on this family hinged on local poor farm records from when the family was institutionalized in the 1870s. An article explaining more about our search for this family and the importance of not jumping to conclusions and not immediately performing data entry has been posted on our site.
Every genealogy should have at least one Smith line. It makes things interesting.
In 1938, baseball great Babe Ruth and his wife apparently spent some time in Bermuda, returning to New York in March 1938 on board the Monarch of Bermuda.