03 August 2008


Robert Barnes' Baltimore County Families 1659-1759 is free on World Vital Records for the next seven days.

The image in this posting is for Lewis Demoss--my ancestor. The daughter listed as "Pine" is now thought by some researchers to actually be "Jane." At some point in the transcription, the handwriting was misread--which is why it is imperative to trace things back to the original as much as possible.

And when downloading a page from a book, always make certain that the sources or other explanatory material are downloaded as well. In this case the sources of the entry for Lewis Demoss are indicated in the parenthesis at the end of the entry.

World Vital Records has several databases that are free for the first seven or so days of their inclusion on the site.

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26 July 2008

Davidson County Tennessee Land Abstracts

World Vital Records has placed some volumes of early land record abstracts from Davidson County, Tennessee on their webste.

The image shown in this post is for a relative of my wife. These volumes are searched with an OCR search, highlighting the name on the page as shown in the image.

Of course, these abstracts are not the complete record. They are an abstract of the names and other information in the deed. If you want to see the complete record with the metes and bounds description, the Family History Library has the records on microfilm.

This database is free on World Vital Records for the first seven days it is active.

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15 February 2008

Phillip Troutfetter Acquitted


While it's not news anymore, it is news to me. I've been writing about and researching my relative Philip Troutfetter who was involved in some goings on in Colorado, Cuba, and Columbia in the late 1890s and early 1900s.

The only "legal" trouble he apparently had stemmed from his mother-in-law. This article appeared in the Valley Falls Vindicator, Valley Falls, Kansas, 21 August 1903 and is on worldvitalrecords.com. We will continue to post more about Troutfetter's affairs as we discover them.

This was discovered on World Vital Records website today--still in their free section. Their recent databases are free for a short time--try them out.

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30 November 2007

Cousin Acquitted in 1903...The Troutfetter story continues

I made a neat little find in the newspapers at World Vital Records today. I learned that my relative was acquitted by a Colorado Springs Court on embezzlement charges in 1903. A search for "troutfetter" at World Vital Records pulled up several results in the Small Town Newspapers Collection, including one from the Valley Springs Vindicator in Valley Springs, Kansas, of 21 August 1903, page 2, which reads in part:

"Philip Troutfetter...has been acquited[sic] of the charge of embezzlement at Colorado Springs. Troutfetter was accused by his mother-in-law...."

The orginal posting about Troutfetter can be viewed here. It is really a colorful headline.

We'll be posting more about Philip as the research is complete. His father, Christian Troutfetter, was a pioneer of Colby County, Kansas, and was a first cousin of my ancestor John Michael Trautvetter of Hancock County, Illinois. A very interesting family and Philip appears to have lead an interesting life.

Those unfamiliar with World Vital Records can view the their current offers here .

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06 October 2007

World Vital Records

Just in case you were not aware...World Vital Records is having a special offer through October 8th.
This current offer at World Vital Records includes two years of membership and a copy of RootsMagic for $49.95. World Vital Records has added some census images and is working on adding more of these materials to their site--indexes are forthcoming as well. They are adding a variety of databases to their site and their data may complement nicely other databases to which you subscribe or those to which you have access at your local library.

Those unaware of the materials World Vital Records offers can get a listing all databases on their site.

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