Sunday, April 8, 2012

Sunday Synopsis: 2012 April 8th

Happy Easter to All. 

Although this was not a tremendously productive week,  I seemed to have been busy writing and other stuff -- both "writing and stuff"  took way more time than I anticipated.

The two blog posts were quite time consuming.  For instance, Furman Housel's name was spelled every which way, and few variations actually made it to a searchable name that I would recognize.  Yep, that means going through the Springdale census reports, page by page, for 1850, 1860, and 1870 -- 1880 did indeed read Furman Housel -- yippee!  Even so, that sort of activity has its own reward;  I am so familiar with the old folks that lived in Springdale during those years,  it was like visiting old friends  ---- but it did take time -- too much time!.

I had much the same problem researching the bit that I did on "The sad and untimely death of Mary McPherson."  Although, it dinna make a lot of difference in the writing of  the post, I just HAD to check out all the census reports and background information.  All went well,  until I couldn't find Jabez and Mary in the 1880 census report.  I knew they were in Dodgeville WI, but they just dinna show up on Ancestry's search.  So again, I started going thru page by page -- this time of  the 1880 Dodgeville WI Federal Census.  Now that was a trip!  Either the ink had faded, or there wasn't much ink in the first place --- whatever the cause, the census was nearly unreadable --- both to me as well as the original indexer.  Fortunately, the right side of the page (with the place of birth columns) was more decipherable.  Jabez birth place was New York, Mary's was New Jersey, and the children were born in Wisconsin, so  it was a fairly easy pattern to spot.  When I finally found Jabez, and it looked like the enumerator wrote Jabey, rather than Jabez -- and it was indexed under "Jabey."  I don't know how many hundreds of names I would have gone thru before I came to a Jabey McPherson.  I am not sure that all of this time was well spent, but you all know, when a researcher starts on the trail, the trail has to be followed to the end.

My critique group meets on next Tuesday so I have to start cranking out something on the ranch years.  However,  I do have a couple of posts semi-ready for next week.  I really thought I would get at least one more in for this week, but family happens.  A trip to Klamath Falls, some research and writing for a family project, and lo and behold  --- the week was gone --- and here we are on a "sunny" (more or less, at least not snowing) Easter day.

6 comments:

  1. You are sheer persistence, Joan! Glad it paid off for you. Enjoy your Easter and family!

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    1. Thanks, Jacqu, I like persistence better than when my family calls a bull dog. LOL

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  2. Made for a nice behind the scenes post, Joan!

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    1. Thanks, I thought it was an interesting set of folks I was researching, and the problems I encountered. You know, I usually don't have that much trouble finding people --- or maybe I was just more determined to fill in the blanks this time.

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  3. Sounds like you've had a busy week Joan. Even if you haven't FELT productive, you have been thorough in your research and that's important. time seems to slip through your fingers when you get down these research rabbit holes. Good luck with the ranch stories this week.

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  4. Rabbit holes, indeed, I thought I was in a veritable warren. Nice to have folks understand the feeling of the search.

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