Finding Alternate Surname Spellings for Index Searching

Finding Alternate Surname Spellings for Index Searching

There’s a death date and place mystery associated with the surname “Macaluso” that I would dearly like to solve. And, there’s a microfilmed index that might help me solve it. But, it has to be skimmed the old-fashioned way and the name I’m looking for doesn’t appear under the obvious spelling. Before I leave the index behind, I want to make sure I’ve been thorough, so this morning, I tried to see if I could come up with a conprehensive…

Read More Read More

Enumerators’ Hall of Fame

Enumerators’ Hall of Fame

Hats off to Mr. George McKechnie. (Did I read his last name right? I want to make sure his plaque is engraved correctly.) He went the extra mile and recorded birth days as well as months and years in the 1900 Brooklyn census. I hereby nominate him for acceptance into the Enumerators’ Hall of Fame. Thank you, Mr. McKechnie! See 1880 U. S. census, Kings County, New York, population schedule, Brooklyn, enumeration district 207, sheet 20D (penned); digital image, FamilySearch …

Read More Read More

A List of Names Comes Alive

A List of Names Comes Alive

I’m still working on the Abraham Trafford probate file. The quick overview is this: When Abraham died in Monmouth County, New Jersey in 1871 he was an “insolvent debtor.” The inventory is long—it seems like it might have included stock from a store—and his debts were many. Take a look at this list of creditors. H. L. BrownF. W. Devoe & CoA. J. ButlerGair & WestB. K. Bliss & SonsJas M. Thorburn & Co.Thomas S. FieldJames B. WeaverWm. T. CorliesJeremiah…

Read More Read More

An Education in Early Textiles

An Education in Early Textiles

This morning I’m working on transcribing pages from a probate file for Abraham Trafford who died in Shrewsbury, Monmouth, New Jersey in 1871. I’m not sure why yet, but the inventory has page after page listing cloth by the yard. I’ve been sewing since I could treadle a machine (I’m not THAT old; we just had a vintage Singer in the house when I was young) and so I can picture many of the fabrics listed: gingham, linen, “moslin,” and…

Read More Read More

I Still Love the Name “Janethe”

I Still Love the Name “Janethe”

I was transcribing a New York City deed from 1816 yesterday when I came across the name “Janethe.” It struck me that it might be pronounced “ja-nee-tha” which I thought was quite beautiful. ” … Gabriel Hatfield and Barnes Hatfield of the City of New York and Janethe wife of the said Gabriel Hatfield and Mary the wife of said Barnes Hatfield …” Wait a minute. Why does the deed say “Janethe wife of” in the first instance and “Mary…

Read More Read More

Startling Find: My Husband’s GG-Grandfather’s Sword And Other Personal Artifacts

Startling Find: My Husband’s GG-Grandfather’s Sword And Other Personal Artifacts

You know how notice of one intriguing thing on a social media site can lead to another something which leads to another something? Many times that path is a great time-waster, but this morning it led me to a startling find: my husband’s ancestor had a presentation sword that was recently auctioned along with some very personal artifacts including his razor, a bit of his hair (with extractable DNA, I’m thinking) and — oh, my goodness — family letters. So…

Read More Read More

Protecting Property from a Husband’s Control

Protecting Property from a Husband’s Control

I’m at the local Family History Center today, working on gathering New York City deeds for an on-going project on my husband side. In 1796, Margaret Hairs, daughter of Leonard Sanders, transferred “all the real Estate belonging to … [her] … in fee, situate in the said City of New York” to her sister Mary Garrick who would serve as a trustee during Margaret’s lifetime and then distribute it as outlined in the deed. [1] And why was this done?…

Read More Read More

Create Booklet: How Did I Live Without It?

Create Booklet: How Did I Live Without It?

I’ve been using a computer for little publishing projects for as long as I’ve had a computer and back in the good old days (that would be, say, the 1990s) trying to create a multi-page booklet was quite the puzzle. I remember cutting little sheets of paper and folding them into a page-numbered mock-up so that I could see which pages need to print side by side and back to back. And then I’d move the text around in the…

Read More Read More

New Discovery: Chicago Death Registers, 1871-1879

New Discovery: Chicago Death Registers, 1871-1879

New record access! Oh, yeah. I woke up thinking it would be a good day to work on updating chicagogenealogy.com. I ate a pink frosting-covered sugar cookie that I got on sale at the grocery store yesterday, went to work on the tutorial page for finding death records, and was like, “Wow. Wow! WOW!” I don’t know when it happened, and maybe this is old news, but Chicago death registers, 8 October 1871 to 29 February 1879, are now available…

Read More Read More