Navigating the Roadblocks

November 10, 2010 at 5:12 am Leave a comment

Clark Doan of Tennessee Genealogical Society gave a wonderful interactive lecture on Navigating Roadblocks. With his permission, I want to share with you some of the things discussed that night. He put us into groups and each of us was given a question to answer. Below are the questions and some of the replies each group gave. See what you might can add to these lists!

PART ONE: “Thorough County Research”

In the damaged county, what are some things you need to know before you start?

  • What was NOT destroyed?
  • Were there other records?
  • When was the county formed?
  • When was the county formed?
  • Where were they BEFORE this county?
  • Where are the surviving records stored?
  • DATE of loss?
  • What WAS destroyed?

What other things might you explore?

  • Cemeteries
  • Church, school and WPA records
  • Were any records reconstituted?
  • Were records were transcribed?
  • Were records abstracted?
  • Family histories
  • Local historians
  • Early newspapers

PART TWO: “State and National Records”
What possible records might you find regarding your county in the State Archives?

  • Vital statistics – births, deaths, etc.
  • Marriages, divorces
  • State census
  • Appeals courts
  • Land grants
  • Military service and pensions
  • Early newspapers
  • Naturalizations
  • Prison Records
  • Church histories
  • Insanity records
  • Lineage societies
  • Fraternal organization records
  • Wills and probate records
  • Military service records
  • Widows pensions
  • Prison records
  • Tax records

What might you find in the National Archives or the Field Branches?

  • Military bounty land
  • Census
  • Farm Census
  • Homesteads
  • Land grants
  • Military service and pensions
  • Tax records

PART THREE: “Related Counties”

  • Earlier counties that might have the records
  • Later (daughter) counties that might have the records
  • Neighboring Counties

  • Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1930
  • References
  • Census
  • The Handy Book for Genealogists
  • Guides
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