A Little Legalese
curtesy (kər-tə-see) – “At common law, a husband’s right, upon his wife’s death, to a life estate in the land that his wife owned during their marriage, assuming that a child was born alive to the couple.”— Bryan A. Garner, editor, Black’s Law Dictionary, 8th edition, (St. Paul, Minn.: Thomson/West, 2004), 411.
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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: Fun!
It’s been awhile since I played along with Saturday Night Genealogy Fun, but this week, the planets aligned, and here I am posting it up. Now, you can’t tell me that you never thought that if you were able to … Continue reading
I’ve started walking every morning. Today, I happened to pass this tree and thought it was a poignant lesson in genealogy. This tree shows the results of focusing our research exclusively on our direct ancestors and ignoring collateral lines. Doing so might … Continue reading
When I decided to start learning about website creation and design, the first thing I did was set up my own domain name. The initial site’s purpose was to talk about what my immediate family was doing, post our vacation photos,etc. I … Continue reading
We are so focused on finding things in genealogy that sometimes we actually lose things instead – more often than not, our minds. I think I reached that point this afternoon. I’ve been juggling a large number of genealogical projects … Continue reading
As any of you who are on Facebook are undoubtedly aware, there are a rash of these “career poster” things being posted. You know the ones: Blogger, Writer, Soldier, etc, etc… The ones where they have a series of pictures, … Continue reading
This summer, I am excited to announce, I will finally be making it to my first-ever extended learning event, the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP). Tension was high in anticipation of the sound of the opening registration bell. It … Continue reading
With the end of the year just a few days away, it is time to make that dreaded visit to the always-ambitious list created one year ago. What craziness had I set out for myself this year and how did … Continue reading
Merry Christmas 2011! Last January, I happened across this 1880 advertisement while researching something else, and thought it would be fitting come the next Christmas time. It is nothing short of a Christmas miracle that I happened to remember it … Continue reading
Husbands, we know we are all on a tight schedule while traveling hither and yon, and those arrival times must be kept. Even though we might be interested, we simply can’t stop for every “LOOK, a historical marker” demand. Ask … Continue reading