March 2, 2012
A recent trip through the Superior Court records of Rabun County netted an interesting connection: an 1838 petition naming Jemima Kell as the sister of James Kell.1
Years ago, another researcher gave me information on Rabun County’s Kells. Not a Jemima amongst them. Ok, no problem, I thought. I’ll just contact that researcher and see if she’s uncovered anything new. Unfortunately, delivery to the e-mail address I had for her failed, and her web site is no longer up. In desperation, I posted to a message board. The researcher I was looking for hasn’t answered yet, but another one has. I’ve queried back for more information. Not knowing this particular other researcher, my imagination is going into overdrive about our anticipated exchange.
July 4, 2010
Here is the record that begins our odyssey. Be sure to read the footnotes, as they contain additional and important information.
This is an abbreviated version, of course, but let’s see what an initial read gives us. The first thing we should note is the particulars of the record; we may need these later on to construct a citation.1 Bear with me here; doing this might seem a little boring and tedious, but it’s absolutely necessary for a number of reasons, which we will discuss at various times during the entire case study.
April 5, 2010
A while back, I wrote about pinpointing my priority surnames in order to provide a better focus to my personal research. I have had a bit of luck learning more about a few of those ancestors, and wanted to share a little of what I’ve found.
August 4, 2009
W. M. Carver
Born Sept. 26, 1828
Died Jan. 12, 1920
I don’t have very many Aha! moments with my own family anymore, but this is one of them. Today, I was browsing through the death certificate images for Rabun County (available online through Georgia’s Virtual Vault) when one of those exciting moments happened. I was actually looking for death certificates for the Gillespie family of Rabun County, and was browsing because the spelling on old records is unreliable. I found an entry for one Samuel M. Carver. Not being familiar with him, I clicked on the link to view the image. Imagine my surprise when Samuel’s parents were listed as William Carver, born Spartanburg S.C. and Elizabeth Morris, born Cobb Co., GA.
My first thought was, this is my family!, followed closely by, but William and Elizabeth didn’t have a son named Samuel! So I pulled up my trusty database and, sure enough, no son named Samuel. But there was a William M. Carver whose birth and death dates matched the same dates on the death certificate of “Samuel M. Carver” exactly. I’m not sure exactly why the name was different, but I am thankful for the inclusion of the mother’s maiden name; this is the first definitive proof I have of Elizabeth’s family name, and I hope that this death certificate will be the springboard I need to find her parents.
William M. Carver was buried next to wife, Malinda Jane, in Godfrey Cemetery, located in the Chechero community of Rabun County.
April 12, 2009
I recently bought several back issues of the NGS NewsMagazine from a fellow researcher, and have been diligently combing through them for research and record tips. I’ve run across some really good finds, too, but the topic of today’s post comes from the article “Charting Your Priorities” by Susan Zacharias (January/February/March 2007, pp. 54 – 56). In short, Zacharias offers a method of prioritizing research by listing end-of-lines (that is, the earliest known generation in every direct line) in various fonts according to their place on the pedigree chart. Your largest font size (Zacharias recommends 18 point) would correspond to your most recent (chronologically) dead end, with each step down in fonts corresponding to one generation further back in time.