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Delaware County Genealogy Society DCGS October 18, 2013 meeting. Another way to find your ancestors.

Delaware County Genealogy Society DCGS October 18, 2013 meeting. Another way to find your ancestors.

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  • 1. Uncovering Your Black Sheep Ancestors Barbara Barnes The New Delaware County Clerk Carol Savage
  • 2. 2013 Uncovering Your Black Sheep Ancestors www.SlideShare.net/JeffSavage01
  • 3. Genealogical Profiling • A Family Detectives Guide to Hard-to-Find Ancestors • At one time or another, we all run into certain ancestors who cause us genealogical grief. If you encounter one of these problematic people, use this research aid to re-start your search.
  • 4. Black Sheep • The proverbial skeleton in the closet • • • • • Convict Outlaw Madam Pirate Other “colorful” character
  • 5. Black Sheep – Suggested Sources • Census (check occupation field) • Coroner and funeral home records • Court Records • FBI, prison and institutional records • Marriage and divorce records • Message boards • Newspapers and obituaries
  • 6. Census Evader This individual or family makes an appearance in certain federal enumerations but not in others
  • 7. Census Evader – Suggested Sources • City directories • Soundex indexes to 1880 and later censuses • Census searches by first name only and/or demographic characteristics • State and territorial censuses • Tax lists
  • 8. Drifter Moves around more than a band of gypsies. Shows up in adifferent states and localities. Never seems to stay put for an extended period.
  • 9. Drifter – Suggested Sources • Censuses (check birthplace fields) • City directories • Deeds and land records • Migration and boundary-change maps • Social histories
  • 10. Fleeting Female She might be the mother whose maiden name eludes you, or the daughter whose marriage you can’t pin down.
  • 11. Fleeting Female – Suggested Sources • Court records • Convent records • Marriage and divorce records • Military pension files • Naturalization papers • Newspaper society pages • Records of her husband and siblings
  • 12. Mystery Immigrant Your missing link to the old country. You might know approximately when he came, but can’t retrace his journey or pinpoint his town of origin.
  • 13. Mystery Immigrant – Suggested Sources • Alien registrations • Censuses (check birthplace and language fields) • Censuses (check check neighbors born in same county) • Church records • Emigration lists • Ethnic newspapers • Naturalization papers • Newspapers’ ship arrival notices • Passenger arrival lists
  • 14. Orphan or Adoptee Seemingly, the ultimate brick wall, since the parents’ identies may be unknown or purposely concealed.
  • 15. Orphan or Adoptee – Suggested Sources • Amended or delayed birth certificates • Apprenticeships • Censuses • Family interviews • Guardianships and orphans court records • Message boards and support groups • Newspaper adoption notices • Orphan train records • Orphanage records
  • 16. From: Irv Rabideau, Genealogy 104, 03/24/11 Adapted from: Lisa A Alzo, “Trouble Makers,” Family Tree Magazine (May 2009)
  • 17. UNCOVERING YOUR BLACK SHEEP ANCESTORS SEVEN SOURCES FOR SCANDALS
  • 18. Marriage/Divorce Records Where to write for vital records • www.cdc.gov/nchs/howto/w2w/w2welcom.htm • outlines availability and ordering procedures in each U.S. state • If you don’t see divorces among your state’s vital records, try the Civil Court dockets. In these cases, juicy details about both spouses may show up in testimony transcripts.
  • 19. Census Records • Look closely at occupations in a census • Prostitutes might be named as • “sporting” women • a Household of “dressmakers” run by a “landlady” might be a brothel.
  • 20. Coroner Records • Coroners are involved in all types of unexplained deaths. • www.shoestringgenealogy.com/article/coroner.htm • and www.familysearch.org/catalog-search)
  • 21. Asylum Records • Institutionalization doesn’t necessarily mean your relative was loony; it might have been family friction. • Most asylum records no longer exist; so search for commitment papers in probate courts.
  • 22. Court Clerk Records • For details of crimes, disputes and other family intrigues, the County Courthouse is your first stop.
  • 23. FBI Files • The FBI has kept files on millions of Americans since 1908 www.members.aol.com/rechtman/fbi.html • “Unlocking the Files of the FBI” by Gerald K. Harnes and David A. Langbart • Footnote.com has some digitized FBI files. • You can also check the FBI website for records access.
  • 24. Prison Records • Prisoners appear in censuses under the incarcerating institution • www.cyndislist.com/prisons.htm • www.ancestorhunt.com/genealogical_prison_records.htm • You can always contact the prison administrators about records access.
  • 25. 2013 Uncovering Your Black Sheep Ancestors www.SlideShare.net/JeffSavage01