Checking Original Documents

It is easy to take the answers presented in online databases and add the information to our trees. But, it is important to check the original documents, when they are available.

Recently, I came across a database entry in a marriage collection on Ancestry that listed a marriage date. I used the source citation to get back to the digital image in FamilySearch and checked the information provided.

The date listed in the database was the date the marriage license was filed for, NOT the date the couple was married.

Additional research for the marriage date was needed, but I at least knew the county to target.

Juneteenth and WikiTree Black_Heritage Project

I’ve had the honor this year of researching a successful African American businessman. While I’m not able to share his name, I can share that I found him, his family, and the other people I “met” along the way to be fascinating.

During the research I found “African-American Business Leaders: A Biographical Dictionary” by John N. Ingham and Lynne B. Feldman published in 1994. This book hits on my combined interests in genealogy and careers. Since I thought it would be beneficial for other genealogists, I’ve started an index of the book that I’ll use to check whether there are matching profiles in WikiTree and whether the book is listed as a source. See my WikiTree US_Black_Heritage page.

I first learned about Juneteenth last year and have been wanted to do something to help tell the stories about african-american ancestors. Toward that end, I’ve joined the US_Black_Heritage project. I will use these biographies to guide my efforts.

REFERENCES
“African-American Business Leaders: A Biographical Dictionary” by John N. Ingham and Lynne B. Feldman published in 1994″ Google Books (https://www.google.com/books/edition/African_American_Business_Leaders/TTha3NavN-sC?hl=en : accessed 19 June 2021)

“Juneteenth” HAYSKA blog, 19 June 2020 (https://hayska.org/juneteenth : accessed 19 June 2021)

RootsTech 2020

Not able to travel to the big show, check out the RootsTech 2020 Free Livestream Schedule. I’m looking forward to hearing several great topics on research plans, DNA, and interviewing. What are you looking forward to? #NotAtRootsTech

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If you are attending RootsTech, check out Trace.com Coaches’ Corner in the Expo Hall. “Back by popular demand, the Trace.com Coaches’ Corner in the Expo Hall is the place to go if you’re looking for one-on-one mentoring from an expert genealogist. Bring your biggest roadblocks or dead ends, and receive personalized help.”

Reasonably Exhaustive Search for George’s Probate

When reviewing the research I’ve done on my 4th great grandfather, I realized that my citation for his probate was incomplete. GASP!

Not a big surprise to me. My earlier research attempts were a bit slapdash. I also haven’t spent a ton of time of this one line, but that changes this year. If I had stopped at the initial search of Ancestry’s “Ohio, Wills and Probate Records, 1786-1998” collection, I would only have a part of the story.

A case study follows for why we should conduct a reasonably exhaustive search and a few tips for digging below the surface of online collections.

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2019 Goal Achieved

For the past 3 years, I’ve been using my version of 52 Ancestors to keep my from being overwhelmed and to make noticable progress. After 12 years of genealogy research, converting gedcoms from different platforms, and early indiscriminate adding of hints, my source citations had been a mess.

Previously when I had a free moment, I would use random.org to generate a number that I could match to an ancestor’s ahnentafel  number.

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Honoring a Veterans Service: Mathew Szubinski’s WWII Story

[Medals in featured image (right to left): : American Defense Service Ribbon, European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon w/ 2 Bronze Battle Stars, Bronze Star Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon w/ 2 Bronze Battle Stars, and Work War II Victory Medal]

Mathew Emil Szubinski was my great uncle and my mother’s godfather. He was the youngest of four children born to Vincent Szubinski and Stanislawa “Stella” Muszynski, born in 9 Jan 1913 in Chicago, Illinois. (1)

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Genealogy Lesson 5: Location Search

At a glance, see what is available in FamilySearch for your targeted research location.

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Genealogy Lesson 4: Browse Published Collections

Find collections you missed or lost track of in FamilySearch. View an image when you’ve only seen the indexed details. Dive a little deeper by browsing the published collections in FamilySearch.

Genealogy Lesson 4: Browse Published Collections

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Contact me at Julie@Hayska.org with comments or questions or add them to the comments. Send me your questions about FamilySearch or let me know other genealogy topics that you want to hear more about.

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