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Finding an ancestor’s birth date can be very exciting. However, finding a second resource that contradicts that information can be frustrating. Aunt Peggy is a wonderful example.

I first found Aunt Peggy while searching for my 3rd great-grandparents marriage (Jeremiah Fryrear and Susannah Neafus) in Nelson County, Kentucky. Uncle John Fryrear married Peggy Heavenhill on 3 April 1803 in Nelson County, Kentucky.

I found the marriage information in three sources – “Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954,” index and images, FamilySearch; Marriage Records for Nelson County, Kentucky, 1785-1815; and Nelson County, Kentucky Marriage Bonds and Consents, 1801-1816.

My first indication of her age came from “Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954,” index and images, FamilySearch and the Nelson County, Kentucky Marriage Bonds and Consents, 1801-1816. Both records show her mother Elizabeth Heavenhill gave consent for her marriage. This indicates that she was under the age of 21 at the time of the marriage.

I checked the Federal Census records to see if I could narrow down the time period.
The 1850 Census in Nelson County, Kentucky shows her age as 65 on 6 September 1850.
The 1860 Census in Nelson County, Kentucky shows her age as 68 on June 23, 1860.

Her headstone in the Fryrear Family Cemetery in Nelson County, Kentucky reads in part: “died 12 Jan 1864, aged 72 years.”

There is a difference in these records. Three (3) years between 1850 and 1860 and another four (4) years to 1864.

Was she born in 1785 as stated in the 1850 Census?
Was she born in 1792 as stated in the 1860 Census?
Was she born in 1793 as indicated by the headstone?

Remember she was married on 3 Apr 1803 with her mother’s consent.

The best date appears to be 1885 as the year that Margaret “Peggy” Heavenhill was born.

The 1860 Census Record and the headstone indicate she was born after 1792/3. This would mean Peggy was married in 1803 at the age of 10 or 11.

The 1850 Census Record shows her age as 65 and her son William age 45. This would mean she was (1) born in the 1885 and (2) was 20 years old at the birth of her son in 1805 and (3) married for two years prior to her first child. Her birth about 1885 seems more likely.

Headstones and Federal Census can be accurate. They can also be wrong.

Be very careful and search diligently to find more than one source from which to base your information. Sometimes information provided from memory is not as accurate as we think. Sometimes the memory is correct but the transcription is wrong – did they not hear the answer correctly, did they just write it down wrong or did the transcriber misread the information?

Be cautious of information provided on the internet that does not provide source information or a link to the person who posted it (so you can contact them for their sources).

Many times searching for a second or third source will lead you not only to verification, but may provide added family members or wonderful stories to add to the family history.

Best of success in your research and…..

Good Hunting!

  • Deustch-Fremdsprachiges Ortsnamenverzeichnis Band 1-2
  • Arizona 1890 Great Registers
  • Index to Naturalizations in Sonoma County, CA Vol. 1-2 1841-1930
  • Bohemian National Cemetery, Chicago, IL Vol. 1-5, Burials 1877-1902, 6, 1877-1902, Indexes
  • Indiana Civil War Veterans
  • Monroe County, MO Marriages 1831-1870
  • Ralls County, MO Marriages 1821-1870
  • New Jersey Road Maps of the 18th Century
  • New Jersey Archives First Series vol. 1-6,11-12,14-42
  • New Jersey Archives Second Series vol. 1-4
  • Intestates and Others from the Orphans Court Books of Monmouth County, NJ 1875-1906
  • The New York Directory for 1786
  • Otsego County, NY Geographical and Historical
  • Southold Connections Historical and Biographical Sketches of Northeastern Long Island, NY
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  • Historic Rocky River Presbyterian Church (Cabarrus Co., NC) 1751-1958
  • Kinfolks of Franklin County, NC 1793-1844
  • Carolina Cradle (Rowan Co., NC)
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  • Defiance County, OH Death Records Index Vol. 1-4, December 20, 1908 – December 31, 1996
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  • Defiance County, OH Marriages Vol. 1-8, February 1885 – November 1925
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  • History of the Ewing Chapel Cemetery, Harrison County, TX
  • Fort Ringgold, Starr County, TX Post Returns Vol. 1-2, October 1848 – March 1861 & Existing Returns of the Post at Roma, TX January – February 1852
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  • Cemeteries of Berkeley County WV Vol. 3
  • Obituaries of Berkeley County, WV Vol. 1-5
  • Marion County, WV Marriages 1842-1899 Vol. 1-4
  • Marion County, WV Birth Records 1853-1880 Vol. 1-3
  • Marion County, WV Death Records 1853-1899 Vol. 1-5

While researching my Kentucky relatives I found Tabitha FUGATE married Simpson NOBLE about 1863. Simpson was killed in the Civil War in 1864. Tabitha married a second time to John NEACE about 1865.

In the 1870 Federal Census John and Tabitha NEACE are listed with children Rachel 5, Peter 2 and Jacob 1. It was not clear if Rachel was the daughter of Simpson NOBLE or John NEACE.

In the 1880 Federal Census John and Tabitha NEACE are listed with the children Peter, Jacob, James, Nancy, Alexander, Jerry and William. Rachel was not listed.

However, the next name under the John NEACE household was NOBLE, Rachel, 16 – step-daughter.

It was now clear that Rachel was the daughter of Simpson NOBLE and Tabitha FUGATE.

Census records from 1850 to 1900 in the United States can provide a wealth of information. The family relation information can assist you in connecting families and identifying extended families.

Your search may discover step-children, in-laws, or parents that had previously been “lost.” You may need to check more than one census record to discover these relationships.

The United States Federal Census records can be found several places online – Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org, and Fold3.com to mention a few.

Here at the Genealogy Center we have the Federal Census on microfilm from 1790 – 1930. We also have bound volumes of census records in some state and county records. Check our online catalog for the state and county census listings.

Good Hunting!

Mark Your Calendar! Make plans to be in Plano, Texas on Friday and Saturday, October 17 and 18, 2014.

Friday is The 4th Annual Texas-wide Genealogy Lock-In at the the Genealogy Center in the basement of the W.O. Haggard, Jr. Library, 2501 Coit Road, Plano, Texas 75075.

The Lock-in will be from noon – 11 pm. There is No Charge or Registration. A supper break is from 5-6 pm. (Bring your own or go out to a nearby restaurant.)

This year there are eight (8) webinars plus other on-site classes during the event.

You are free to view any or all of the webinars here at the Genealogy Center. OR, just come in and work on your own family history / genealogy research using the vast materials here in the Genealogy Center. Staff and volunteers will be available throughout the Lock-In for one-on-one assistance.

The SAR (Sons of American Revolution), DAR (Daughter of the American Revolution), Collin County Farm Museum, McKinney Public Librarian, and a few other groups will be attending.

The Webinars and classes scheduled: (For a more in-depth description of each of the class see the blog entry of September 7th.)

12:00 pm-1:30 pm FamilySearch.org Live: Search Strategies, Tools and Tips presented by Robert Lawrence Kehrer, Sr. Product Manager, Search Technologies

1:45 pm-2:50 pm Genealogical and Historic Records Available at the Texas Military Forces Museum by Lisa Sharik, Deputy Director

3:00 pm-5:00 pm Using DAR Online Databases by Julie Avedikian (non-webinar, Library Program room)

3:00 pm-3:50 pm Building the West Texas Digital Archives presented by Edward J. Smith, Executive Director Abilene Library Consortium

4:00 pm-4:50 pm Using Evernote for your Genealogical Research by Melissa Meadows, Programming and Outreach Librarian at Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, Houston Public Library

5:00 pm-6:00 pm Break for Dinner

6:00 pm-7:20 pm Fundamentals for Beginning Genealogy Research by William D. Buckner. Manager Genealogy Center, Waco-McLennan County Library

7:30 pm-8:20 pm Five Civilized Tribe Indian Research presented by Aaron Holt, Archives Technician Fort Worth Regional Archives NARA

8:30 pm-9:20 pm How to Search in Ancestry.com by Cheryl Smith, MLS – Genealogy Librarian, Genealogy Center, Plano Public Library System (non-webinar, Library Program Room)

8:30 pm-9:20 pm Think Like a Historian to Expand Your Research presented by Sara Gredler, Genealogist/Historian/Architectural Historian

9:30 pm-10:30 pm DNA – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly by Jim Wright

The Lock-In ends at 11 p.m. Friday.

Saturday is the Great Family Search located at The Plano Stake Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 2700 Roundrock Trail, Plano, Texas 75075.

There is NO Charge for the Conference.

Pre-registrations are not required, but are requested for logistical purposes. Packets will be prepared for pre-registrants only. Registration Packet
pick-up begins at 8:30 am. Conference begins at 9:00 am.

There will be two Plenary Sessions and three class periods.
Plenary Sessions:

FamilySearch by Grant Skousen, User Experience Manager, FamilySearch

FamilySearch Family Tree by Grant Skousen, User Experience Manager, FamilySearch

Other presenters include:

Heberto Angeles
Sharlene Barton
Tom Black
Loyd Campbell
Melanie Carver
Michelle Eagar
Steve Eagar
Darlene Hathaway
Kirk Hathaway
Kenneth Hudson
Darlene Kopta
Carina Miller
Lynell Bennett Moss
Jim Pardoe

For more details see http://www.greatfamilysearch.com.

Come to Plano and enjoy two days of no cost genealogy instruction, research, comaraderie and fun. We look forward to seeing you here.

Good Hunting!

Recent additions to our Genealogy Center collection include two volumes of Jefferson County, Virginia Tax Lists and a single volume of Jefferson County, West Virginia Death Register.

I was curious as to the locations of these counties. What I found was very interesting – there is NO Jefferson County, Virginia at this time (September 2014.)

My research found that Jefferson County, Virginia created in 1780, became Jefferson County, Kentucky when Kentucky became a state in 1792.

I then found that a second Jefferson County, Virginia was created from Berkeley County, Virginia in 1801. This same Jefferson County, Virginia became Jefferson County, West Virginia in 1863 when West Virginia became a state.

Mason County, Virginia first established in 1788, also split off with Kentucky statehood in 1792.

Mason county, Virginia was again created in 1804 and eventually became Mason County, West Virginia.

Nelson County, Virginia was a bit different. Nelson County, Virginia became a Kentucky County in 1784 and then broke off with Kentucky statehood in 1792.

The second Nelson County, Virginia was created in 1808 from Amherst County, Virginia. It remains within present day Virginia.

So, should you have any ancestors from either Jefferson, Mason or Nelson County, Virginia, be extremely careful in checking both dates and states. If your ancestors came from Jefferson or Mason county, Virginia you may find their records in either Kentucky or West Virginia. If they came from Nelson County, Virginia be sure to look in both Kentucky and Virginia.

Still confused? Come in to the Genealogy Center and let us assist you in your search.

Good Hunting!

The Lock-in will be on October 17 from noon – 11 pm at the Haggard Library.  Supper break is from 5-6 pm.  It is a bring your own food or go out to a nearby restaurant.  This year there are eight webinars and several classes during the event.  The SAR (Sons of American Revolution), DAR (will provide a class on how to apply), Collin County Farm Museum (providing scanning of photographs and documents), McKinney Public Librarian, and a few other groups will be attending.  We will have volunteers and staff available for one-on-one assistance.  No registration is needed.

Here is the webinars’ schedule:

12:00 pm-1:30 pm FamilySearch.org Live: Search Strategies, Tools and Tips presented by Robert Lawrence Kehrer, Sr. Product Manager, Search Technologies

This live demonstration uses real research scenarios. Join expert Robert Kehrer as he shares his research strategies and experience in using FamilySearch.org website tools to find records and then link those sources to the Family Tree.

1:45 pm-2:50 pm Genealogical and Historic Records Available at the Texas Military Forces Museum by Lisa Sharik, Deputy Director

This program will provide information on the records which are available for research at the Texas Military Forces Museum and from Camp Mabry in Austin, Texas. The material spans from 1910 to the present day and includes everything from WWI service records to material from the deployment of our Texas troops in the Global War on Terror.

3:00 pm-3:50 pm Building the West Texas Digital Archives presented by Edward J. Smith, Executive Director Abilene Library Consortium

The West Texas Digital Archives is a collaborative project run by the Abilene Library Consortium containing more than 50,000 digital items from many organizations across the region. ALC Executive Director Eddy Smith will highlight the Archives and discuss some of the experiences in building a large-scale, collaborative digital project.

4:00 pm-4:50 pm Using Evernote for your Genealogical Research by Melissa Meadows, Programming and Outreach Librarian at Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, Houston Public Library

This presentation will highlight the importance of embracing emergent technology to genealogists of all experience levels.  It will include a walkthrough of Evernote, as well as a discussion of the various ways in which the organizational platform can benefit anyone with their family history.  Please feel free to bring your devices with Internet access enabled.

5:00 pm-6:00 pm Break for Dinner

6:00 pm-7:20 pm Fundamentals for Beginning Genealogy Research by William D. Buckner. Manager Genealogy Center, Waco-McLennan County Library

This class covers the basic concepts, skills, search strategies and resources needed to become a proficient family history researcher.  Join us as we walk through the process of recording what you already know, getting organized, collecting information, and evaluating the information you find for additional clues about your ancestors.  Learn to use some of the more common records of ‘genealogical value’ – vital, cemetery, obituaries, census and immigration records.

7:30 pm-8:20 pm Five Civilized Tribe Indian Research presented by Aaron Holt, Archives Technician Fort Worth Regional Archives NARA

Learn how to research the Dawes Final Rolls.  This program will touch on aspects of researching for Indians and Indian records utilizing the US Census and Indian Rolls within the National Archives at Fort Worth.

8:30 pm-9:20 pm Think Like a Historian to Expand Your Research presented by Sara Gredler, Genealogist/Historian/Architectural Historian

Thinking like a historian puts your ancestors in their historic, social, and community context.  Sara Gredler explores the resources available to expand the “big picture” of your ancestors’ lives along with their location.

9:30 pm-10:30 pm DNA – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly by Jim Wright

Discussion will include what DNA results you can and can’t expect from an Ancestry DNA test (Autosomal test) with or without an Ancestry tree. Mr. Wright will use actual online Ancestry trees and DNA test results for the discussion.

 

We hope to see you there!

New Books in August

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  • Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy Vol. IV Parts A & B Ohio
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  • The Naturalized Jews of the Grand Duchy of Posen in 1834-1835
  • Jews-Officers in the Polish Armed Forces 1939-1945
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  • Wilcox County, GA Newspaper Clippings Vol. V, 1917-1922
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  • Marion County, MO Marriages 1827-1868
  • Genealogical and Memorial History of the State of New Jersey Vol. 1-4
  • Ashland City and Ashland County (OH) Directory 1895
  • Ashland County OH Birth Records Vol. 1-3, 1867-1908
  • Ashland County OH Marriage Records Probate Court Vol. 4 – 5, 1870-1886
  • Ashland County OH Death Records Vol. 1- 2, 1867-1908
  • Ashland (OH) Cemetery Burial Records
  • Divorce Records of Crawford County, OH Common Pleas Court Records of the Early 1830’s to about 1977
  • Fulton County, OH Birth Records Bk 1-4, 1867-1908 & 1920-1951
  • Fulton County, OH Death Records Bk 1-4, 1868-1908 & 1920-1951
  • Fulton County, OH Marriages Vol. 1-4, 7 Aug 1864 – 1999
  • Marriage Records of Jefferson County, OH Bk 8, Part 1 1865-1874
  • Morrow County (OH) Births Vol. 1-3, 1856-1857 and 1867-1908
  • Morrow County (OH) Recorded Birth Certificates 1908-1983
  • Morrow County (OH) Early Death Records Vol. 1-4, 1856, 1857, 1867-1908
  • Morrow County (OH) Recorded Death Records Index 1908-2008
  • Morrow County (OH) Marriages Vol. 1-11, Feb. 1848 – Sep. 8, 1951
  • Death Records from the Probate Court Ottawa County, OH 1869-1908
  • Marriages from the Probate Court Ottawa County, OH 1840-1890
  • Pickaway County OH Marriage Records 1810-1862
  • Pickaway County OH Probate Court Marriage Records Vol. 6-11, 1862-1898
  • Union County, OH Birth Records Vol. I – II, 1867-1908
  • Union County, OH Marriage Record Index 1820-1950
  • Index to Recorded Deaths of Union County, OH Prior to 1909
  • Giles County, TN Cemetery Records
  • Lone Star Chapters – The Story of Texas Literary Clubs
  • Jefferson County, VA Personal Tax Lists 1802 – 1824
  • Soldiery of West Virginia
  • Union and Confederate Soldiers and Sympathizers of Barbour County, WV
  • Fayette County (WV) Deaths 1866-1888 Vol. 1
  • Fayette County (WV) Marriages 1830-1870
  • Fayette County (WV) Miscellaneous Records
  • Fayette County (WV) Wills Vol. 1, 1832-1866
  • Jefferson County, WV Death Register 1881-1903
  • Raleigh County’s (WV) School Days of Yesteryear Vol. 1
  • Historical Footprints (Raleigh County, WV) Vol. 1
  • Taylor County (WV) Marriage Register Number “0” Vol. 1, Series 2
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