Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Courthouse Researching: Preparing your own records



Announcement – The Library will be closed for Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11.




Genealogy tip for today: Courthouse Research, continued.


Preparing your own records:

This may be something that should be in the works from the beginning or nearly so. A laptop, or mini laptop, tablet or other electronic device with your genealogy software on it is probably the most efficient way to go. If you have your chart online, then you can access that anywhere you can get to the internet. (The court house may or may not have such a computer for visitors.) Again your own device would be handier for this method, also.  

If you aren’t able to do this, then you may want to make copies of only the ancestors you are working on, to take with you. You probably don’t want to haul all your notebooks of family group sheets into the courthouse. But if you are able to drive to your destination, you might consider having them in the car and therefore relatively accessible. You can purchase little notebooks with fold out sheets of family group charts. You then copy over into these purse size books, the charts of only the people you want to work on at the courthouse. Be sure to keep them current.   

If you are able to print from you computer, print out extra copies of the family group sheets to take with you. It would also be helpful to have a list of what resources or records you have already checked. I keep a running list of books I’ve looked in regarding my ole friend, Caleb, which I have mentioned earlier. I have worked on him for so long that I keep a running list of books and sources I have already checked so that I don’t waste time, repeating myself. 

Sometimes you can find a printed “checklist” of all the various bits of information on one ancestor to chase down. It would be handy to have that with you regarding your particular ancestor. You wouldn’t want to spend two or three hours looking for a deed, only to discover when you find it that you recognize it because you already have it!! At a glance you will be able to tell what you already have and what you still need. (Free Research Checklist form and more found here. There are some at this website, also-my personal favorite.)  

Check to see if the Courthouse you want to visit has a website and what rules are listed. Some have restrictions on what you can bring into the courthouse: paper and pencil only? No cameras? Children? Other restrictions?

Tomorrow we will talk about planning for the actual trip.


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Henry VI

Henry VI is crowned King of England.
The first winter snow falls on the French Army as Napoleon Bonaparte retreats form Moscow.
Abraham Lincoln is elected 16th president of the United States.
Jefferson Davis is elected to a six-year term as president of the Confederacy.
A Union force surrounds and scatters defending Confederates at the Battle of Droop Mountain, in West Virginia.
Comanche, the only 7th Cavalry horse to survive George Armstrong Custer's "Last Stand" at the Little Bighorn, dies at Fort Riley, Kansas.
Maine becomes a dry state.
The Bolshevik "October Revolution" (October 25 on the old Russian calendar), led by Vladimir Lenin and Leon Trotsky, seizes power in Petrograd.
As European inflation soars, one loaf of bread in Berlin is reported to be worth about 140 billion German marks.
The first landing of a jet on a carrier takes place on USS Wake Island when an FR-1 Fireball touches down.
Coleman Young becomes the first African-American mayor of Detroit, Michigan.
Guerrillas of the leftist 19th of April Movement seize Colombia's Palace of Justice in Bogata; during the two-day siege and the military assault to retake the building over 100 people are killed, including 11 of the 25 Supreme Court justices.
A British International Helicopters Boeing 234LRR Chinook crashes 2.5 miles east of Sumburgh Airport; 45 people are killed, the deadliest civilian helicopter crash to date (2013).
The Iran arms-for-hostages deal is revealed, damaging the Reagan administration.
The Rova of Antananarivo, home of Madagascar's sovereigns from the 16th to the 19th centuries, is destroyed by fire.
Australia's voters reject a referendum to make the country a republic with a president appointed by Parliament.

Adolphe Sax

Adolphe Sax, instrument maker and inventor of the saxophone.
Charles Henry Dow, American financial journalist who (with Edward D. Jones) inaugurated the Dow-Jones averages.
John Philip Sousa, "The March Master," American bandmaster and composer. Among his 140 marches are "Stars and Stripes Forever" and "Semper Fidelis."
James Naismith, Canadian physical education instructor who, in 1891, invented the game of basketball.
Walter Johnson, baseball pitcher, "The Big Train."
Harold Ross, New Yorker editor.
James Jones, American novelist (From Here to Eternity).
Mike Nichols, film and stage director (The Graduate).
Guy Clark, Texas country-folk singer, songwriter ("Desperados Waiting for a Train," "Texas 1947").
Sally Field, actress; won Academy Award for Best Actress in 1979 (Norma Rae) and 1984 (Places in the Heart); won 3 Emmys for work in television.
Glenn Frey, singer, songwriter, musician; a founding member of the band Eagles.
Maria Shriver, journalist, author; First Lady of California while married to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Pat Tillman, professional football player who ended his career to enlist in the US Army in the aftermath of the 9 / 11 attacks; he was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan, Apr. 22, 2004.
Emma Stone, actress (Zombieland, Spiderman).



schmo or schmoe or shmo

noun: A stupid, boring, or obnoxious person.
A truncated form of schmuck (an idiot), from Yiddish schmok (pen is). Earliest documented use: 1948.
The word is also used in the phrase Joe Schmo, as a more colorful synonym for John Doe.
"Just because I work at a bar does not mean I want to date every schmo that walks in here."
Joey Guerra; Bartender Confessions: Jodi Minear; Houston Chronicle (Texas); Dec 9, 2010.

Explore "schmo" in the Visual Thesaurus.
As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. -Abraham Lincoln, 16th US President (1809-1865)



Today’s Recipe
Holiday Cooking

Tuxedo Cake

What You Need

1 pkg.  (2-layer size) devil's food cake mix
1 pkg.  (3.9 oz.) JELL-O Chocolate Instant Pudding
¼ cup  milk
1 ½ pkg.  (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
½ cup  butter, softened
1 ½ tsp.  vanilla
6 cups  powdered sugar
3 oz.  BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate, divided
1 oz.  BAKER'S White Chocolate
½  of 8-oz. tub COOL WHIP Whipped Topping (Do not thaw.)
Heat oven to 350 degrees
PREPARE cake batter and bake as directed on package for 2 (9-inch) round cake layers, blending dry pudding mix and milk into batter before pouring into prepared pans. (Batter will be thick.) Cool cakes 10 min.; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely. 
MEANWHILE, beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla in large bowl with mixer until blended. Gradually beat in sugar. Make chocolate curls from 1 oz. each semi-sweet and white chocolates; refrigerate until ready to use. [If possible use light colored or white butter. Ed] 
CUT each cake layer horizontally in half. Stack on plate, spreading 3/4 cup cream cheese frosting between each layer. Spread remaining frosting onto top and side of cake.
MICROWAVE COOL WHIP and remaining semi-sweet chocolate in microwaveable bowl on HIGH 1-1/2 min., stirring after 1 min.; stir until chocolate is completely melted and mixture is well blended. Cool 5 min. Pour over cake, letting excess drip down side. Garnish with chocolate curls. Keep refrigerated.
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