30 April 2009
My great-grandfather Trautvetter's sister and her husband died during the 1918 flu epidemic and their children were raised by family members after the parents died.
Have you considered if the 1918 flu or other epidemics impacted your family members? Leaving minor children with no parents created a problem and in some cases those problems might have resulted in court or other records.
Another great-grandfather had a sister and brother-in-law who died during the flu. Now I'll have to get on that and research that family as well.
The image in this post was from:
Reports of Cases at Law and in Chancery Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Illinois
By the Illinois Supreme Court
Published by Supreme Court, State of Illinois, 1921
Item notes: v. 297
Original from Harvard University
Digitized Aug 15, 2007
located on http://books.google.com/
29 April 2009
28 April 2009
I am searching for someone I know is in the census, just to "prove" that I can find him at Family Search's site for the 1870 United States Census. The problem is that the last name is so messed up on the census that I cannot find him when searching for his last name. There are too many Johns born in 1859 or so living in 1870 to make that a practical search without a location entered in or chosen to narrow it down. Is there something about searching at Family Search that I am missing for the 1870 census?
The person I am searching for is John Habben, born ca. 1859 in Germany. He is in Adams County, Illinois, in 1870 as I've found the entry before in the census. I just wanted to prove I could do it at FamilySearch as well and I'm having difficulty.
I have been looking for Anna Apgar/Verikios in the 1920 census since shortly after my wife and I got married. Anna is my wife's grandmother and was born in Illinois in 1913--likely in Chicago. I have searched for her to no avail. She was likely born Anna Apgar, the daughter of William and Marie/Mary Desmarais/Demar Apgar. Her parents split ca. 1918 and by 1920 her mother was in a relationship with Peter Verikios. I have searched for Anna as:
- Anna Apgar/Apker, etc.
- Anna Demar/Desmarais
- Anna Verikios
Throughout the entire state of Illinois, trying all variants of these three last names that I could think of. All to no avail. Consequently I was excited when FamilySearch released their 1920 census index that includes Illinois. Maybe I would find her. Again, no such luck.
There is a remote chance that Anna was in New York State in 1920--which is where her mother was born and where her mother had siblings living. I will hold off on any more creative searches until New York State has been included in the index at Family Search. Maybe one day I will find her.
The image shown on this screen shot is from Election District Number 2, page 11, from Ausable Forks, Clinton County, New York.
Louis and Mary Demarra (actually Desmarais) are my wife's great-great-grandparents. The ditto marks indicate the entire family was born in the United States and the "c" indicates they were all citizens. The mother died a few years after this enumeration and some members of the family made their west to Chicago, Illinois.
Given the lack of an 1890 census, this is a wonderful source for researchers with New York State relatives.
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23 April 2009
I can make out the rest of the entry for Luisa Trautvetter. I just can't make out the word in the box where the names of the parents Michael Trautvetter and the "hausfrau" Franciska geb. Bigert. appear.
21 April 2009
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15 April 2009
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09 April 2009
Obviously Ancestry.com is looking at this as a revenue stream. Are there enough "providers" hoping to make a living at "providing" that it positively imacts Ancestry.com's bottom line? I am not certain. Is there an "unmet" market for lookup and research services that is not being met elsewhere? Again, I am not certain.
Five services are being offered:
- record pickup
- local photo
- ask an expert
- record lookup
- custom research
Personally, I won't be using the service, for the time being either as a provider or a client. There are still a variety of ways to make contact with quality researchers and not have to pay a "bounty" to do it. But I do have one question:
"If Ancestry.com continues to promote and expand this service, how will that impact the mailing lists and message boards where requests for help (particularly record lookups, local photos, and record pickups) are common?"
If that issue has been discussed somewhere I have not seen it. Such requests are common on several Ancestry.com sponsored mailing lists and message boards that I am on.
07 April 2009
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04 April 2009
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03 April 2009
I noticed that my uncle Eielt Janssen Ufkes was indexed in the World War I Draft cards at Ancestry.com as Eielt James. I made the correction. I have no idea how long ago it was submitted, but today I got an email that it had been added. I'm glad that Ancestry.com is adding corrections, but I'm not certain why it takes so long.
02 April 2009
Footnote.com will allow searches of Ne*, Ni*, etc.
Ancestry.com allows searches of Nel*, Nei*, etc.
Footnote.com's 1930 census index is now 84% complete. There are some neat features on this site, particularly the "I'm Related" part.
I searched for my wife's grandmother and located her relatively easily (I already knew where and when she was, so that part was not difficult).
There was a link for "I'm related" which I clicked on and which brought up the first screen shot seen in this post.
The next time someone else searches for Anna Apgar in the 1930 census at Footnote.com, they will see this screen when they click on the link for the one living in Chicago.
The images at Footnote.com (one is shown below) aren't too bad either.
And Footnote.com has a monthly and annual subscription rates that are pretty reasonable.