Thursday, October 27, 2011 - I'm impressed

I've been perusing the Kentucky Probate records the last few days, following one of my families. I was branching out into counties surrounding Lyon, Caldwell, Livingston and Christian. I went to look for Trigg and noticed that Trigg county probate records had been overlooked/dropped.....? I took a minute to send an email to let the folks know that they had left out Trigg county. I want you to know how pleasantly surprised I was to receive an actual response within a couple of days, not only telling me that they had replicated my problem/statement and they would let their engineering group know, but they also took the time to find Trigg on their wiki - AND send me the link - AND to find Trigg in their catalog - AND send me the link with the suggestion that I could order those probate records from the family history center. I've never received such a thorough and pleasant response from a support group - ever. Thank you familysearch.

I hope all of you take the time to let posters of data know if something is wrong - I'm one of those that sends corrections to when Wilson has been indexed as Hilson (or whatever the error) so that the next person will be able to find these folks too.

Just my thought for the day.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Emancipation of Cyrus White

I was reading through the Caldwell County Probate records (around 1848) trying to see if there was more enlightening information to help with one of my brick walls (Crittenden Armstrong) and I found this gem that I know would be wonderful for someone to find in their genealogical research:

Monday Sept 18, 1848; Caldwell County KY; Kentucky probate records 1792-1977; Order books, 1846-1850 Vol II; on family site. [ note from Debbie: image #130 of 217 in this series]

[note from Debbie: in amongst all the guardian notices and road surveys, I found this entry]:
Monday Sept 18th, 1848
This day a deed of emancipation was produced in open court and acknowlel'd by Peggy Smith liberating her husband Cyrus White, of yellow complexion about 5 feet 10 inches high, rather spare made & about 46 years of age.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Response to Geneameme

My response to the Geneameme from Jill Ball at:

The list should be annotated in the following manner:
Things you have already done or found: bold face type
Things you would like to do or find: italicize (colour optional)
Things you haven’t done or found and don’t care to: plain type
You are encouraged to add extra comments in brackets after each item

Which of these apply to you?

1. Can name my 16 great-great-grandparents [yes, and then the brickwalls start after that]

2. Can name over 50 direct ancestors [yes]

3. Have photographs or portraits of my 8 great-grandparents

4. Have an ancestor who was married more than three times

5. Have an ancestor who was a bigamist

6. Met all four of my grandparents [yes, but met one at age one, so no memory of it.]

7. Met one or more of my great-grandparents

8. Named a child after an ancestor [game him my maiden name as middle name – does that count?]

9. Bear an ancestor's given name/s

10. Have an ancestor from Great Britain or Ireland [both]

11. Have an ancestor from Asia

12. Have an ancestor from Continental Europe [yes]

13. Have an ancestor from Africa [don’t we all? not in recent genealogical history though – mtDNA]

14. Have an ancestor who was an agricultural labourer [Virginia & Kentucky tobacco farmers]

15. Have an ancestor who had large land holdings [Kentucky & Virginia]

16. Have an ancestor who was a holy man – minister, priest, rabbi [preacher]

17. Have an ancestor who was a midwife

18. Have an ancestor who was an author

19. Have an ancestor with the surname Smith, Murphy or Jones [ oh yes]

20. Have an ancestor with the surname Wong, Kim, Suzuki or Ng

21. Have an ancestor with a surname beginning with X

22. Have an ancestor with a forename beginning with Z [Zachariah & on with middle name Zara]

23. Have an ancestor born on 25th December

24. Have an ancestor born on New Year's Day

25. Have blue blood in your family lines

26. Have a parent who was born in a country different from my country of birth

27. Have a grandparent who was born in a country different from my country of birth

28. Can trace a direct family line back to the eighteenth century [ yes]

29. Can trace a direct family line back to the seventeenth century or earlier [ yes, my Salem witch family]

30. Have seen copies of the signatures of some of my great-grandparents [yes]

31. Have ancestors who signed their marriage certificate with an X

32. Have a grandparent or earlier ancestor who went to university

33. Have an ancestor who was convicted of a criminal offence [Salem witches gggggg aunts; not direct]

34. Have an ancestor who was a victim of crime [ again, Salem witches – this was actually crime against THEM]

35. Have shared an ancestor's story online or in a magazine (Tell us where) [blog & website: and

36. Have published a family history online or in print (Details please)

37. Have visited an ancestor's home from the 19th or earlier centuries

38. Still have an ancestor's home from the 19th or earlier centuries in the family

39. Have a family bible from the 19th Century

40. Have a pre-19th century family bible