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Old 12-24-2009, 10:29 AM
 
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Everyone knows of census, bibles, city directories, but I didn't expect to find my Great-grand dad listed in the 1914 Michigan State Veterinary Board Licensing of Stallions.

So I know a horse's breed and a name but still can't find his 2nd marriage registration!

(sample--fyi: he's not listed)
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Old 12-25-2009, 02:46 AM
 
Location: Not where you ever lived
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Rather than looking for a specific record, I did a lot of reading that described how our country was "builded"m as one autor wrote. I found clues where I least expected: a modern bank brochure that pre-dates state banking laws, a PHD thesis disculssing 17th centiry ships, the first Masonic Lodge in America, a book of postcard photos, a 1902 newpaper series, an 1889 newspaper series, a state encyclopaedia, pre-1800 state legislative proceedings following the RW, a series of articles written about the Oklahoma Land Runs, a thin pocket-sized book about large animal veterinary care, township grange proceedings, and in the history preceeding the founding of a state historical society. After 1800, I was able to follow the path of ancestors as they moved west by reading county newspapers and township records.

It is easier to research is small farm county than it is in large cities. However, the advantage to Chicago and NYC is the enormous research facilities that are lacking in small counties. The Newberry Library in Chicago and the NYC Public Library are two facilities that come to mind.

Worth nothing is that Illinois records are divided. Chicago and Cook County records are housed solely in Chicago. Whereas the balance of the state records are equally deivided amonst four universities that are located 150 - 200 miles apart. Birth and death records were not required by the state prior to 1915.
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Old 12-25-2009, 03:36 PM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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Western Livestock Brand books. Was able to find my family's registered cattle and horse brands. Kind of a Westerner's version of a clan tartan or family crest.
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Old 12-25-2009, 10:14 PM
 
Location: SE Florida
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Found ancestry in England where we were given a lot of land. My dad married my mom in the 40's and they changed their name. Probably did it to stay away from the cops. hahahahaha
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Old 12-27-2009, 06:48 AM
 
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By typing in a name on the internet. We did not hit a ancestry type site but rather an email of the person. My wife emailed her and she said, "I had that website up and running for 5 years just waiting for a Brokentap to get in contact with me." Come to find out she had the Brokentap family chest and it was the mother lode of genealogy research.
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Old 12-27-2009, 06:55 AM
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Location: NC/SC Border Patrol
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My husband put his name in "---------" and googled and up popped the entire family all the way back to Williamsburg and some records beyond that are on the website now. His name is the same as his grandfather and all his aunts and uncles were listed so we knew it was his grandfather.

I had run into this website several times in my research, but had no idea it was in any way connected to us. His ancestors not only lived in Williamsburg; they built part of Williamsburg. They were middle class brick layers.
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Old 12-27-2009, 09:10 AM
 
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I found my grandfather listed in a site of influential Scottish-Americans. Some of the info I knew to be wrong, and some incomplete.
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Old 12-27-2009, 09:16 AM
 
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When researching my father's family for a centennial family certificate from the state of Michigan, I found his great-great grandparents mentioned in Douglas Houghton's personal diary. Douglas Houghton surveyed much of Michigan, he sought lodging at their cabin while he was surveying the soon-to-be state.
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Old 12-28-2009, 05:11 PM
 
Location: America
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We found family on both my mother's side and father's side living in the same house at the same time 50 years before my parents were born . Do I assume that it was a lasting families friendship that my parents met as the were both born and grew up in different area's of Michigan . I'd ask but my parents/grandparents are gone now .
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Old 12-28-2009, 06:30 PM
 
Location: in the sticks, SE Indiana
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While reading through an ancestor's civil war pension record I found her aunt, who I had been looking for for several years listed as a witness to her children's births. Knocked down a brick wall for me.
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