Michael John Neill
Genealogy Blog Update 20 June 2015

read notice at bottom for news about this update...
  Updating a Discrepancy Chart for Ira
Charting conflicting information never hurts. 

Surnames, Last Names, Family Names, and Patronmyns: Part I
Some thoughts on the last name for a person.

 The Pullman Car Company Employment File for Thomas Frame
Images from a long-term Pullman Car Company employee in Chicago, Illinois.

Some additional things to consider before buying a short-term membership to a fee-based database.

A quick post on a grantor index that was different from ones I had used before.

SINCE LAST TIME--all week's tips:
Check out all the tips on the Genealogy Tip of the Day blog. All tips are from actual research, freshly written, including the occasional typo ;-)
Citation of the Week
A War of 1812 Pension Affidavit

Certificate of Identity and Oath of Service of Thomas Cross, 1 September 1851; Thomas Cross (pvt., Capt Wingfield's Co., 6th Regt., War of 1812) widow's certificate 731; digital image, Fold3.com (http://www.fold3.com accessed 20 June 2015), citing Case Files of Pension and Bounty Land Applications Based on Service between 1812 and 1855; Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files, 1800-1960; Department of Veterans Affairs, Record Group 15; National Archives, Washington, D.C.

Weekly Update No Longer Free After 27 June
This weekly update has been free since I started sending it several months ago. Unfortunately, Constant Contact is not free and I don't want to busy things up with advertisements from other vendors. 

The 27 June 2015 issue of this update will be the last free one that goes out. We'll be adding a few more exclusive non-blog items to this update--just not adding advertisements. 

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They Wrote that How?
Does this head of household from 1940 look like Alex Clampitt to you? that's what the census taker "meant." Whether it looks like that or not is another matter entirely.
New On FamilySearch?

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New Webinars !

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  • TightWad Genealogy
  • Where Do I Go From Here?
  • Creating Genealogy Blog Content
August 2015 Trip to 
Ft. Wayne, Indiana's
Allen County Public Library

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Assumptions. Make certain you list, think about, and remember those assumptions you make about your ancestor.
We need to make them but we need to remember them as well.