Friday, January 17, 2014

Court Records


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Genealogy tip for the day: Court Records

I can write a long treatise on court records, what they are and what you’ll find. But there is a lot of good information out there that I am going to list for you.

Some of the things you will find are:
          Adoption records
Divorce records
Case files
Naturalization records
Probate Records
Maybe next week we will look at the actual records and what each of them holds for the genealogist.

If you want to do a search for yourself, I received a lot of results using these terms: COURT RECORDS GENEALOGY

Here are some of the links that I came across:

New York:

These are the ones that first popped up. I wasn't necessarily looking for a particular state, so these are what came to the top of the search. I have discovered that you can use the same search engine such as Google and still get different results on different computers.

From comes this statement that sums it up well:
Court records are one of the most underutilized genealogical resources available. There are several reasons for this. One is that court records are not the easiest records to research (true). Another is that court records are only relevant for those with wealthy ancestors (false). Nothing could be further from the truth. Of my ancestors from my great-great-grandparents and beyond approximately 60 percent of the couples have the husband or the wife appearing in some type of court action. Sometimes they are the defendant, sometimes they are the plaintiff, sometimes they are deceased and there is a(n) argument about their estate. Occasionally, there is even a suit for divorce!

Legalese - legal terms are also something that is foreign to the average person as we don't throw those terms around in daily life. Watch for a glossary listing legal terms.

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The Treaty of Lyons ends a short war between France and Savoy.

Charles Edward Stuart, the young pretender, defeats the government forces at the battle of Falkirk in Scotland.

Captain James Cook becomes the first person to cross the Antarctic Circle.

Simon Bolivar the "liberator" proclaims Columbia a republic.

Queen Liliuokalani, the Hawaiian monarch, is overthrown by a group of American sugar planters led by Sanford Ballard Dole.

At the Sand River Convention, the British recognize the independence of the Transvaal Board.

Robert Scott reaches the South Pole only a month after Roald Amundsen.

The Reich issues an order forbidding Jews to practice as dentists, veterinarians and chemists.

The Red army occupies Warsaw.

Soviet leader Khrushchev visits the Berlin Wall.

A jury in New Jersey rules that terminally ill patients have the right to starve themselves.
Born on January 17

Pius V, Pope 1566-1572.

Benjamin Franklin, statesman, diplomat, scientist and inventor who helped draft the Declaration of Independence and wrote Poor Richard's Almanac.

Anton Chekhov, Russian playwright and short story writer famous for The Seagull and Three Sisters.

David Lloyd George, British Prime Minister during World War I.

Al Capone, U.S. mobster known as "Scarface Al" who ran most of Chicago and the surrounding area.

Betty White*, actress; created memorable characters in TV sitcoms from the 1950s into the 21st century (Life with Elizabeth, Mary Tyler Moore, The Golden Girls, Hot in Cleveland) and was a popular guest on TV games shows. At age 88 and a half she became the oldest person ever to host Saturday Night Live (2010).

Muhammad Ali [Cassius Clay], U.S. boxer, "The Greatest," who is the only three-time heavyweight champion..

Michelle Robinson Obama, wife of US President Barack Obama.

*Betty White



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Quote for the Day
I cannot conceive otherwise than that He, the Infinite Father, expects or requires no worship or praise from us, but that He is even infinitely above it. -Benjamin Franklin, statesman, author, and inventor (1706-1790)

Today’s Recipe
Soups for Cold Winter Days

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 slices of bacon, chopped
2        pounds trimmed pork shoulder, cut into 1/3-inch dice
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
2 poblano chiles—stemmed, seeded and cut into 1/3-inch dice
1 large onion, cut into 1/3-inch dice
4 chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, minced (1/4 cup)
8 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 cup ancho chile powder
3 tablespoons cumin
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1/4 cup minced cilantro, plus more for serving
One 28-ounce can whole tomatoes
1 pound dried black beans, soaked overnight and drained
5 cups chicken stock or low-sodium broth
3 cups dark beer, such as Samuel Smith Nut Brown Ale
3 tablespoons corn flour
3 tablespoons water

1.      In a large enameled, cast-iron casserole, heat the oil until shimmering. Add the bacon and cook over moderate heat until the fat has rendered. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon to a plate.
2.      Season the pork with salt and pepper. Add the pork to the casserole and cook over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, until browned, about 7 minutes. Add the poblanos, onion, chipotles and garlic to the casserole and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until the onion has softened, about 7 minutes. Add the chile powder, cumin, oregano and minced cilantro and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the tomatoes, beans, chicken stock, beer and cooked bacon and bring to a boil.
3.      Cover and simmer over moderately low heat until the beans are just tender, about 1 1/2 hours. Uncover the casserole and continue to simmer, stirring occasionally, until the beans are cooked, 30 to 45 minutes longer.
4.      In a small bowl, whisk the corn flour with the water until smooth. Slowly whisk the mixture into the chili until incorporated. Season the chili with salt and pepper, garnish with cilantro and serve.
Make Ahead. The chili can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.
Serve with shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, avocado slices, lime wedges and tortilla chips.


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