14 July 2008

Headstones for Veterans Database at Ancestry.com

Juliana Smith at Ancestry.com's blog posted a "Tip from the Pros" from me that focused on databases (or books) that have titles that are not completely accurate. This card for a War of 1812 veteran appears in a Civil War database.
It pays to look around and browse, sometimes even if you think you are in the wrong place.
Those interested in the tip can view it on the Ancestry.com blog.
In this case, I think the stone is actually gone now. Fortunately the Greenmound cemetery in Keithsburg is far removed from the Mississippi River.


16 June 2008

1830 Census Handwriting

Does it look like Jas. Kyle to you?

Sometimes it is clear to see how names get misread. This 1830 Census entry for Monroe Township, Licking County, Ohio, was located by searching manually. There are still times when a manual search is necessary. Not every name is easily readable.

Ancestry.com indexed this as "Gs Hyles" and it is easy to see how that might have happened--particularly with the last name. However, I think this is actually meant to be Jas. Kyle. James is known to have lived in the township for several decades

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31 October 2007

Leaving out the details on a death certificate

You have to love a death certificate like this one from Mercer County, Illinois. The place of birth for Sarah Smith is listed as "Franklin County." No state is given. One might think it is Franklin County, Illinois, but it is not. The actual county is in Ohio.
Sarah was actually the daughter of Archibald and Lucinda (Wickiser) Kile who migrated to Mercer County, Illinois in the late 1840s.

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19 February 2007

Poor Farm, Girl Friends, Sisters, and who knows?

One of the most confusing families I have had to sort out has been the family of Philip and Sarah Kile Smith of Mercer County, Illinois. This couple lived in Keithsburg, Mercer County, Illinois from the 1870s until the early 1900s. The problem was that Philip also had a long-standing relationship with his wife Sarah's sister. Philip also had children with this sister-in-law, Nancy Kile.

Part of locating information on this family hinged on local poor farm records from when the family was institutionalized in the 1870s. An article explaining more about our search for this family and the importance of not jumping to conclusions and not immediately performing data entry has been posted on our site.

Every genealogy should have at least one Smith line. It makes things interesting.

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