30 August 2009
Interesting news about the Drouin Collection at Ancestry.com http://genealogie.planete.qc.ca/blog/view/id_4074/name_Pegase/title_Institut-Drouin-Contre-Ancestry-Ca/ I must have been under a rock to have missed this.
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28 August 2009
My earliest ancestral birth in the SSDI is Fannie Rampley Neill, born 1883. I knew three of my grand parents and one great-grandparent in the SSDI. My grandfather Neill died when I was 6 months old and my great-grandfather Habben died when I was 8 months.
My wife's earliest birthdate in the SSDI is 1884. Her grandfather Mortier died before she was born and she was a toddler when her grandfather Lake died. The others she remembers.
27 August 2009
1) Wilbur Johnson (1912-1991)--death place listed as "HC"
2) Grace Johnson (nee Mortier), 1913-2000
3) Ola Lake (1906-1969)
4) Anna Lake (nee Apgar), 1913-1987
5) Henry Mortier, 1885-1966
6) Caroline Mortier (nee Freund), 1884-1981--spelled "Coroline" in SSDI.
Her parents are living as well.
1) Cecil Neill (1903-1968)
2) Ida Neill (nee Trautvetter) 1910-1994
3) John Ufkes (1917-2003)
4) Dorothy Ufkes (nee Habben) 1924-2008
5) Fannie Neill (nee Rampley) 1883-1965
6) Mimke Habben (1881-1969)
7) Tena (Trientje) Ufkes (nee Janssen) 1895-1986
My parents are still living--so they are not in there.
Just a little something to entertain myself. You can search it for yourself at http://ssdi.rootsweb.com
26 August 2009
The link may be:
But I have difficulty sometimes linking to things on Facebook. I'd love to have readers and anyone else join the group. We've got some exciting and interesting things coming up in future issues and would love to have Rootdig.com readers and visitors be a part of the "Casefile Clues" group.
25 August 2009
I'm probably never going to get the old ads stripped off at the rate I am going, but the articles are there.
24 August 2009
Those who subscribe by Tuesday night will be sent yesterday's issue as next week's piece is a follow up to it (where the location of the christening record is discussed). I can't believe it has been a month since I moved "Casefile Clues" to it's own site and began distributing it myself.
22 August 2009
Land records have long interested me and I've decided it is time to get some copies of files from BLM that I have been neglecting to obtain. A researcher I have do work for me at NARA has agreed to locate some more files and I'm preparing my order to send to her.
I've got a list.....
- An ancestor and his brother who speculated in federal land in Indiana
- The man who was a witness on a relative's preemption claim
- A man who bought land for reasons that are not clear
- A homestead claim that was completed by the children of the deceased homesteader
- AND a BLM casefile on Philip Troutfetter--the man who was involved in just about everything.
We'll be blogging about these when they arrive as time allows and a few will be used in upcoming "Casefile Clues" articles. BLM land records are a very small proportion of all the land records available, but they are important nevertheless. Those who want to search the BLM patent database can do so here: http://www.glorecords.blm.gov.
16 August 2009
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13 August 2009
This workshop, which has limited enrollment, will be held in a state of the art computer lab where each attendee will have access to Genline for the duration of the workshop. There will be hands-on use of the site and the data, along with time for attendees to use the site for their own research. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis. Lunch is not included.
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10 August 2009
His tweets aren't the usual drivel one finds on Twitter and it's nice to see what someone thinks are the main points of your lecture.
07 August 2009
05 August 2009
Maxine's guardianship over ten years before this census was contested all the way to the Illinois Supreme Court. There were so many documents in the file that I had to stop scanning them when I was in Salt Lake at the Family History Library due to time constraints. Mary Trautvetter is a first cousin to my great-grandfather, George Trautvetter (1869-1934).
04 August 2009
02 August 2009
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The estate records list him as Mimken Habben, but his name was actually Mimka.