A Little Legalese
mesne conveyance (meen). Am intermediate conveyance; one occupying an an intermediate position in the chain of title between the first grantee and the present holder.— Bryan A. Garner, editor, Black’s Law Dictionary, 8th edition, (St. Paul, Minn.: Thomson/West, 2004), 357.
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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: How-To
“Legalese” is an oft-cited reason researchers give for their aversion to using deeds. I won’t waste time on my soapbox, preaching about the miracles to be found in the Book of Deeds – just trust me that those miracles are … Continue reading
Been pretty quiet in terms of posting on the old blog here, but discovered this bit of information yesterday while helping a patron at the Western Reserve Historical Library. On 23 Jun 2011, the “Birth affidavits, delayed births and corrections, … Continue reading
I’m sure there are a few of you out there who remember having to research far away places via the good old Post Office. Don’t get me wrong – you can still do it, but today’s experience has reminded me … Continue reading
A while ago, I posted about Using FamilySearch’s Ohio Databases As Finding Aids. This week, I discovered a new trick that might save you some time and maximize your efficiency should you be researching at the Lorain County Probate Court. … Continue reading
If you haven’t been to this site in awhile (or not at all), take a look at the Lancaster County Historical Society website. I think it is a really great example of a website that’s an effective tool for research … Continue reading
There’s been much talk recently about the FAN club principle. While I won’t go into detail – for those that are not familiar with the concept, it is basically this: our ancestors did not exist in a vacuum. Just as … Continue reading
An alphabetical by surname index to burials is now available on line to the ten Cleveland owned cemeteries—Alger, Brookmere, Denison, Harvard Grove, Highland Park, Cleveland Memorial Park, Monroe Street, Scranton Road, West Park and Woodland. All you need is an … Continue reading
Okay, I just made that “Free Resource Friday” thing up. And granted, I’m getting to be quite a land and property record geek. However: If you do land research in early Ohio, you need to check out this free resource … Continue reading
A recent discussion on Rootsweb’s Transitional Genealogist Forum (meaning transitioning from hobbyist to pro, not like homeless or anything) brought up a citation question for a series of vital record databases with which I wasn’t familiar: Ohio Births and Christenings, … Continue reading
While the Centre County Web Information Access system isn’t new, it’s capabilities and expanded usefulness for genealogists, is. The two features of most utility are the Recorder of Deeds search and the Centre County GIS mapping. This online system also … Continue reading