A Genealogist Shaming … and more info on the McCabes! — 16 Comments

  1. When I did my house history I tried to tie the first two owners together and found the heirs had sold the warrant to a land speculator who had nothing to do with the family. Spent a lot of time on that one.

    As for ages on census. I don’t ever believe any of them. I don’t think they knew how old they were. It’s not like today when you have to put your age on several forms a year. I bet some of them never wrote their birthday anywhere. Maybe on the church records but how often would they do that? I use the first recorded census as a guide hoping they had an idea how old the kids were when they were still under 11. One of my great grandmothers changed age depending on the age of her new husband. I’m still wondering how she explained adult children living in the same town when she married her last husband and made herself 15 years younger than she was.

    • Toni, I’m so glad I’m not the only one! I don’t know if I get more upset about catching myself doing something dumb or about wasting so much valuable time … it’s a toss-up, I think. Incidentally, I’d be interested in hearing grandma’s explanation too 🙂

  2. Where did you get that wonderful form? I can see how that would help me make sense out of my ancestors movements. BTW, I have several Slowey, Slowi, Slowy, Slove, ancestors in my family who came to the US from Germany.

    • Joan, unfortunately I cannot remember where I got it … only that I didn’t build it, so I don’t want to distribute the form without permission from the original creator. I can tell you that it is created in Excel and is pretty straightforward (no formulas or anything). You are more than welcome to enlarge one of my images and try to make one of your own.

      Please email me about your Sloweys … I’m curious – did any of them end up in the Dakotas?

    • Thanks Elise! (Apparently) I feel it’s important not to take yourself too seriously. 🙂

      For visual thinkers (like me), that form is a godsend. I’m going to have to look back through all my emails and try figure out who sent it to me so I can give them credit. (I should have remembered that genealogists go nuts for new forms LOL).

  3. Great post! That form is awesome. I will be making one for myself at some point today. It will really help with an issue I am having! Thank you for sharing!

  4. Wonderful pic – believe me you are NOT the first to do that. Great (simple) form, makes a strong visual of the household changes. (on my to do list, the one that does seem to get done)
    ” He just doesn’t age normally.” Applies to so many in all our trees. Love those who manage to turn back the clock every ten years for the census – I too wonder how they explain this – seems to be a byproduct of new spouses.

    • I have also noticed that new spouses tend to have a “youthful” effect on our ancestors, Judy … unfortunately, I can’t even apply THAT logic to these folks. Good luck on your list 🙂

  5. Many people sold their land to speculators. You can tell who the speculators are by looking at whose name shows up the most as grantees or assignees. It was a huge occurrence in the mid-1800s. I bet some of your ancestors off loaded their land to one or two of them!

    No need to hang your head in shame. At least your found the death certificate! I’m also bad at that. I get so excited about ordering a death certificate, then I have to wait for it, for like, forever and then by the time it arrives, I’ve (of course) moved on to something else! It’s a normal occurrence for our kind I’m sure.

    • I’m glad you mentioned the speculators, Ginger. I had forgotten about that little tidbit. (Also glad I’m not the only one who gets completely distracted by some other shiny thing before I’m finished with the other!)

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