Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Courthouse Researching



Genealogy tip for today: Researching in Courthouses


Have you ever received one of those undesired summons to court? Maybe it was to be on the jury, maybe to be a witness to some case. Well one kind of summons that beckons you is more appealing. That is the genealogy kind. Sooner or later you will be using courthouses to aid in your research. It may be by mail or it may be in person. 

Let’s say you’ve done all you can do by mail – got all the easy stuff. Now you need for someone to go on sight and do the hard searching. What do you do? Hire someone to do it for you that is local, plan a vacation with the courthouse as your destination? Start searching on the Internet? 

Preliminary Preparation:
Before you decide any of that you need to do a little research on the courthouse and its jurisdiction. When was it established, what geographic area did it cover and has that changed? What records does it hold and what time periods? Did records move at some point? Were records ever lost? Worse case, did the courthouse ever burn down and what was done to replace or replicate the records it once had? Check the USGenWeb for specific information about your courthouse, archive or repository.  

Also note that different offices have different records. Sometimes the offices are in different buildings, may even have different hours. The records may be in microfilm form, others still in books or paper form. It’s helpful to know this ahead of time. Try thinking outside of the box. If they say a certain volume is not available, see if maybe it is available on microfilm at a Family History Center. Check out Everton’s “Handy Book for Genealogists.”* It also gives lots of information you will need to know. (*Available at the Rogers Public Library.) 

Compare this with the ancestor you are researching. During his time and place was ‘this’ courthouse the one that would hold records pertaining to him - or her? This is all important. You don’t want to spend the money and time researching Grampa Jones in one courthouse only to find out after 10 hours of work that this is not the courthouse where he filed that deed you want. Nothing can be more discouraging, not to mention a waste of your time and you money than to discover you are in the wrong courthouse. 

Tomorrow we will look at preparing your records ahead of time.




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Today’s Recipe

Holiday Cooking




What You Need


2-1/2 gal.  water, divided

1 cup  sugar

1 cup  salt

½ cup  cider vinegar

1 Tbsp.  coarse ground black pepper

1   frozen whole turkey (14 lb.), thawed

 COOK 1 qt. (4 cups) water, sugar, salt, vinegar and pepper in saucepan on medium heat 10 min. or until sugar and salt are dissolved, stirring occasionally. Pour into plastic container large enough to hold brining liquid and turkey. Add remaining water. Cool completely.

REMOVE and discard neck and giblets from turkey cavities. Rinse turkey; drain well.

ADD turkey to brining liquid; cover. Refrigerate at least 10 hours or up to 24 hours. Remove turkey from liquid; rinse well with cold water. Pat dry with paper towels. Cook as desired.



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