30 July 2007
26 July 2007
A younger sibling of my wife's great-great-grandmother (George Drollette) was supposedly the secretary to the US ambassador to China in the early 1900s. A search on ARC on his last name resulted in a hit apparently to his application papers to work in the diplomatic corps. I'm working on requesting a copy of his application and as new information is obtained, we'll be posting updates.
17 July 2007
10 July 2007
The image here shows the actual testimony of Katharine Wickiser in the widow's pension application of Katharine Blain, of Delaware County, Ohio. The 1847 document provides information about the Blain's migration from New Jersey, into Pennsylvania and eventually into Ohio.
This image was taken from the images of these pension files at Footnote.com.
Find Your Ancestors In Revolutionary War
Pension Files at Footnote.com
07 July 2007
co-sponsored by the St. Charles County (Missouri) Genealogical
Society and St. Charles Community College. The workshop will be held
at the college in St. Peters. Additional details will be posted later
in July. The St. Charles group is an excellent one with which to work
and I'm looking forward to the upcoming seminar.
06 July 2007
05 July 2007
04 July 2007
Social Security Death Index (available also on Rootsweb for free)
You can go to their home page and do a basic search and get a sneak peek at the results, which is how I got hooked and how I initially learned about the world travels of my law-enforcement evading relative.
They just added a number of newspapers, including various issues from:
San Francisco Bulletin
Miami Herald Record
Columbus Daily Enquirer
Belleville News Democrat
Kansas City Star
Grand Forks Herald
Omaha World Herald
Aberdeen Daily News
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Maybe they'll continue the Kansas City Star and I can look for the July 1921 murder of my great-grandmother's brother.
Bob Yougotancestor and Tom Yougotancestor have DNA tests done on their paternal line. It shows no paternal connection. So their supposed Yougotancestor lines are not related. Maybe.
Here's Bob's lineage:
Thomas Yougotancestor, father of:
George Yougotancestor, father of:
Henry Yougotancestor, father of:
Michael Yougotancestor, father of:
Frank Yougotancestor, father of:
Here is Tom's lineage:
Elam Yougotancestor, father of:
Abraham Yougotancestor, father of:
Ulysses Yougotancestor, father of:
Vincent Yougotancestor, father of:
Archibald Yougotancestor, father of:
It is thought that Elam and Thomas Yougotancestor are brothers or first cousins--and further work needs to be done to make the connection. Paternal DNA tests indicate Bob and Tom have no connection via the paternal line. Researchers conclude that Elam and Thomas are NOT related. This conclusion may NOT be correct.
Elam and Thomas may still be related.
What if the real problem is that when George was away in the military his wife was friendly with a neighbor and son Henry is not really George's son? This would cause Bob and Tom to not have a direct male connection, but Elam and Thomas could still have been brothers or related in some other paternal way.
The DNA evidence fails because George Yougotancestor was not Henry Yougotancestor's son, not because Elam and Thomas were unrelated.
Just something to think about.
Paper records may contain errors. DNA may also be inconclusive. What is worth remembering is that no tool is foolproof. The problem I have with DNA for genealogy is that it tends to be hyped more than necessary and pitched as a cureall. I'm not opposed to using it, but like any tool it must be used with care.
The hammer is not the problem. It is the human on the end of it that causes problems.
03 July 2007
Now...do I expect everyone to credit me with finding this? No. Would it be nice, yes. However, I realize that this information will appear in GEDCOM files and other online sites in the near future and I won't be credited with locating the information.
Can I copyright the maiden name of Katharine Wickiser? Especially if I discovered it? The answer is no.
Katharine's maiden name is a fact. Even if it took me twenty years and twenty thousand dollars to find it (which it did not), the name still remains a fact. Facts are not copyrightable. Otherwise, I'd simply copyright 2+2 = 4 and charge banks for each time they used that fact when computing balances.
If I write a paragraph on her maiden name that paragraph is copyrightable. If I write a blog entry on how I cannot copyright her maiden name, that blog entry is copyrightable. But the name itself: no.
And the word is copyright. Not copywrite. If you write your copy right, you can copyright that copy. But even if you copy the fact right, you cannot copyright the fact. Even if you copy something wrong, you can copyright that. Why you would want to copyright something that was not copied right is beyond me, but who knows?
Those who wish to learn more about how copyright applies to genealogists can do so here.
02 July 2007
Yet there are some cases where there is a valid will and an administrator. This can happen if the will names no executor or the named executor refuses to act, is incompetent, or denied by the judge.
The image on this post comes from the appointment of an adminstrix when my ancestor's 1877 will named no executor. His wife was appointed "Administratrix with the will annexed" as shown here.
Another situation is where the executor dies before the estate is settled. A great-grandmother was settling her husband's estate and died before it was settled. In her case, she appointed her executor to also complete the settlement of her husband's estate.