A Little Legalese
appurtenance (ə-pərt-[ə ]-nənts), n. Something that belongs or is attached to something else— Bryan A. Garner, editor, Black’s Law Dictionary, 8th edition, (St. Paul, Minn.: Thomson/West, 2004), 111.
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- July 31, 2014
- Learning To Love Indirect EvidenceStarts: 5:30 pmEnds: 6:30 pmLocation: Lake County Genealogical Society, Lake County History Center, 415 Riverside Dr., Painesville, Ohio 44077Description: Direct evidence, the sort of evidence that completely answers a research question by itself, is often scarce. It can also be wrong, or we may discover two pieces of direct evidence that conflict with each other. Without any documents telling us exactly what we want to know, how do we identify relationships that might not be stated explicitly, resolve conflicts between records, and arrive at sound genealogical conclusions? By collecting, analyzing, and correlating indirect evidence of course!The Henry McGinnis family of 19th century rural Pennsylvania provides an easy-to-understand example of using mostly indirect evidence to reconstruct a family which left precious little for descendants to work with.
- August 2, 2014
- Order in the Court! A Brief History of Ohio Courts and the Records They CreatedStarts: 10:00 amEnds: 11:00 amLocation: The Ohio Genealogical Society, Bellville, OH, United StatesDescription: Ohio’s court system has undergone numerous revisions since its Northwest Territory days. Learn about the evolution of different courts, their jurisdiction, and records they created.
- August 10, 2014
- Beyond the Docket Books: Digging For Gold In Probate PacketsStarts: 7:00 pmEnds: 8:00 pmLocation: Lorain County Genealogical SocietyDescription: North Ridgeville Branch Library, 35700 Bainbridge Road
- September 8, 2014
- Using Deeds In Your Genealogical ResearchStarts: 7:30 pmEnds: 8:30 pmLocation: Independence Civic Center – Willow Room - Independence OH 44131
- October 20, 2014
- Beyond the Docket Books: Digging For Gold in Probate PacketsStarts: 7:00 pmEnds: 8:00 pmLocation: Greater Cleveland Genealogical Society - Fairview Park Library
- November 23, 2014
- Digging For Gold In Probate PacketsStarts: 2:00 pmEnds: 3:00 pmLocation: Huron County Genealogical Society, Norwalk, Ohio
- March 10, 2015
- Beyond the Docket Books: Digging For Gold In Probate PacketsStarts: 7:00 pmEnds: 9:00 pmLocation: Chardon Library, 110 East Park Street, Chardon, OH, United StatesDescription: Will books and probate dockets can provide a great deal of information about our ancestors, but the original estate (probate) file can reveal details about our ancestors and their families that no other record group is likely to document. Family relationships, occupations, personal possessions, and even family squabbles may all be contained in that little packet. Administrator bonds, inventories, sale lists, distributive accounts, and other items found in the estate file breathe life into our ancestors and provide us with a glimpse of the person behind the names and dates.
Category Archives: Family Findings
I recently subscribed to Genealogybank.com [disclaimer: I have no affiliation or relationship, other than subscriber, with genealogybank.com] and have spent some time perusing old newspapers. Whether online or on microfilm, this is probably the most memorable article found to date! … Continue reading
Even though the probate file of Catherine Collins, widow of Thomas Collins, of Appoquinimink Hundred, New Castle, DE, didn’t contain the Staats link I was looking for, it did yield an interesting look into Revolutionary America. While we all know … Continue reading
Welcome to my first post utilizing the Amanuensis Monday blogging meme! What is amanuensis, you ask? The definition offered by John Newmark, author of the Transylvania Dutch blog is this: “A person employed to write what another dictates or to … Continue reading
While on a recent research trip to Delaware, I stumbled across an interesting resource I’d not seen mentioned elsewhere, and thought I would feature it here in the event a future researcher is searching for a name that this list … Continue reading
Memorial Day Weekend seemed a fitting time to post a little tribute to my Civil War ancestors, Archelaus Osborne and Alexander Staats. By complete coincidence, these two also happen to be the subjects of my application to the Society of … Continue reading
Thanks to Randy Seaver for another great SNGF event. I actually got around to posting for this one, and as a bonus, got to play with my charting program! Susan Sumney is a daughter of Jacob Sumney, but I do … Continue reading
“Unexpected Gold”..or “Why We Research Collateral Lines”…or “Ancestry Trees are Not Necessarily Tools of the Devil”
This week has been a whirlwind of three-hour tours. One of the trips – from Cleveland, OH to Marietta, OH – I didn’t even know I needed to make until a few months ago, yet it yielded one of my … Continue reading
If many of you are like me and forget to keep a research log of your activities, perhaps this is a new way to try to keep track of what you’ve done. I’ve worked hard to improve my documentation and … Continue reading
Today, I made a landmark decision: I am merging the Staats and Delaware Staats databases – at least those families that are connected via Elijah Staats. The Staats database is my main database – the one which represents all of … Continue reading