Thursday, November 7, 2013

Courthouse Research: Planning the trip

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Genealogy tip for today: Courthouse Research


Planning the trip:

You’ve decided that you have the right court house now you need some information to plan your visit. What days are they open? What are the hours? Are they closed for lunch? What is their location/address? Do they have a website? Do they give you map and/or directions to find them? How big is their staff? This is quite important. If it is a small courthouse and they have only one little old lady working there, her assistance will be limited. How long will it take to get there from where you will be staying? Is there a restaurant close by? Do they have carry out? Will the courthouse allow drinks and/or food? Do you need white gloves? (They may provide them if they wish for you to use them.) Do they have any tips for researchers on their website?

These are a lot of questions and maybe you should copy this post and put them in bullet form to create a worksheet for your trip. This would be a welcomed idea for you to do.


Planning the visit:

Besides the usual ‘stuff’ for a trip, there are some things specific to researching in your courthouse.

-White gloves, if you have any. These are fairly easy to purchase and don’t usually cost much.

-Lots of notebook paper, and pencils, eraser. (Usually no ink pens are allowed.)

-Sticky note tabs or similar.

-Lots of change for the copier.

-Magnifying glass

-Yellow transparent sheet (plastic). (You can usually find these in an office supply store.)

-Ruler (optional)

-Camera (if allowed)

-Laptop or other device. Make sure it is well charged, but also take the cord.

-Box of chocolates, even a small one! (This goes a long way to smoothing your visit at the courthouse. I knew one lady that did this and on repeat visits the employees looked forward to seeing her again!)

-Wear comfortable shoes. You may do a lot of walking or be on your feet a long time. You may have to spend time doing a lot of looking for books or there may not be tables or chairs available.

Friday we will look at what you need to do when you are on location.




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noun: An organized massacre, officially tolerated or encouraged, against a particular group.



From Yiddish pogrom, from Russian pogrom (destruction). Earliest documented use: 1891.



The word is usually applied to the massacre of Jews in Russia and Eastern Europe in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.



"Kyrgyz nationalists unleashed a ferocious pogrom against the Uzbekh minority."
Misha Glenny; Life in Putin's Russia; The Irish Times (Dublin); Oct 29, 2011.

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Today’s Recipe

Holiday Cooking






2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon white sugar
1/4 cup onion, diced
1 cup sour cream
3 (14.5 ounce) cans French style green
beans, drained
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup crumbled buttery round crackers
1 tablespoon butter, melted




Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir in flour until smooth, and cook for one minute. Stir in the salt, sugar, onion, and sour cream. Add green beans, and stir to coat.
Transfer the mixture to a 2 1/2 quart casserole dish. Spread shredded cheese over the top. In a small bowl, toss together cracker crumbs and remaining butter, and sprinkle over the cheese.
Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the top is golden and cheese is bubbly.



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