|Historical Atlas Clay County Mo (circa 1865)|
- Basic Genealogy Research. Both
your ancestor and that of the “celebrity” must have a multi-generational genealogical
research conducted based on the timeframe of the celebrity’s life. Several
recent cases proved the family of the celebrity lived in close proximity of
Grandpa’s family. But, Grandpa was not yet born. Our suggestion is to first
review the celebrity’s history, it has probably already been research “ad
nauseum” (but check for accuracy).
Translation: Often family stories are retold using the incorrect generation.
- Census Analysis. Your Basic Genealogy Research will produce several
US Federal and/or State Census for the timeframe. These must be analyzed with a keen eye. We
suggest the analysis include several pages of an Enumeration District research.
Translation: Researchers should be familiar with Census Instructions.
- Land Deeds and Tax Records. Whereas Census Records may place your
ancestor in the correct District, an accurate picture of land/house location can
be found in land deeds. The descriptions of land - metes/bounds or the easier to follow Public Land Survey System
- allows the researcher to accurately define land location. This analysis covers
not only census years, but those years between the census.
Translation: The Census Record only gives us a snapshot of where your ancestor resided on the date of enumeration.
- Historical Atlas, Gazetteers and Plat Maps. Plat Maps and Genealogy Research go hand-in-hand. Using the land descriptions of deeds, the researchers can accurately pinpoint Grandpa’s
proximity to the celebrity’s family. Be
sure to reference Town Gazetteers. But our favorite at a3Genealogy, are detailed
County Historical Atlases often noting landowner names or indexed by ownership.
Translation: Families want to know how close Grandpa lived to the Celebrity. So if not next door, then where?
- Wills and Probates. Researchers
would think census records, land deeds, and the town plat maps would provide enough
information, but really…it doesn’t. Land ownership not noted in these resources
may be referenced in Wills. The best part is land inherited and mentioned in Wills is
often (not always) specified by its legal description, allowing the researcher
to once again accurately plot the land.
Translation: Be sure to conduct a “reasonable exhaustive search.”