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September 23, 2017 By: Brenda Barker
The will that is found in the court book titled "Wills" is not the original document---it is a copy made by the court clerk. Making a copy means that errors could have been made. It also means that the 'signatures' in the book are not real signatures with the exception of the clerk's signature. The two places one might find an original will with the decedent's signature would be in the possession of the family OR in the loose probate papers at the courthouse. 
September 17, 2017 By: Brenda Barker
Tax Lists
What information can be gleaned from a tax list?  Isn't is just a list of names?  When a name first appears on a list could indicate when an individual moved to the area or when the person reached tax paying age.  The disappearance of an individual could mean the person moved away or died.  Some tax lists can even show marital status.  They can also reveal if there is more than one person in an area with the same name  and possibly how to differentiate them from each other.
September 3, 2017 By: Brenda Barker
Cemeteries in Boone County
Did you know that the Indiana Department of Natural Resources has identified 84 cemeteries located in Boone County?
May 11, 2017 By: Brenda Barker
His/Her Mark
Have you ever seen what would be a signature written as:
     James  x   Smith
People who could not write their name would create a 'mark' that would be used to designate their name.  This can be commonly seen in legal records where the clerk would copy a document for the record.  Most often it would be recorded as an "x," but occasionally one can find a clerk that would render the mark as drawn by the individual.  Don't think that just because an "x" was recorded that the actual mark was not a circle, squiggle or some other rendering.
May 5, 2017 By: Brenda Barker
Source Citation - Census
Census records are among the first documents sought when doing genealogy research.  Here is how to create the source citation for a census record found on
1.  Census
2.  Location (county & state)
3.  Schedule (population, agricultural, etc.)
4.  City, town or township
5.  Page
6.  Household information (dwelling and family number)
7.  Person
8.  Format (for Ancestry-digital image)
9. (
10. Date accessed
11. Source
Example:  1860 U.S census, Boone County, Indiana, population schedule, Sugar Creek Township, p. 108, dwelling 786, family 766, William Merony; digital image, ( : 5 May 2017); citing NARA microfilm publication M653, roll 245.
May 1, 2017 By: Brenda Barker
What Religion was the Family?
Church records can reveal information about your family but what church did they attend?  One possible way to determine the church is to look at the marriage record and see who performed the marriage.  If the marriage officiant was a Justice of the Peace (JP) you are out of luck.  If, however, the officiant designated himself as a minister, MG (minister of the Gospel), pastor or even no designation you may be in luck.  Look in a local county history to see if the officiant’s name can be found to discover what church he was associated with.  You now know the church and then it is time to find the church’s records.
April 24, 2017 By: Brenda Barker
Cemetery Restoration
Our pioneer cemeteries often tell us information that is not available in written records.  It is important that we restore the stones if possible, make transcriptions of what is written on the stones and take photographs to preserve all of the information available for future generations.  These pioneers have stories to tell and we can help tell those stories!
April 20, 2017 By: Brenda Barker
Where Are the Estate Records?
There are times that we know a person died and they owned real property but cannot find the record of an estate. The problem could be that the time frame needs to be expanded.  For a probate estate to be opened someone needs to request a court do so. That someone could be a creditor, family member or other interested party. If the deceased had no creditors then the family could just decide to do nothing. As long as the taxes were paid there was no need to correct the title to the property until it was to be divided or sold.  It may be necessary to look over 50 years after death to discover what happened to the property.
April 16, 2017 By: Brenda Barker
Research Trip
Are you planning a trip to visit family or just to do genealogy research?  Here are a few places to search on-line before the trip to make the best use of your time while on site:
1.  County and/or town genealogical society
2.  County and/or town historical society
3.  Local public library
4.  County government website
5.  Local museum
At the worst you will find phone numbers, addresses and hours of operation.  A the best you could find databases with your family, photographs or cousins.  You will never know if you don't look!
March 22, 2017 By: Brenda Barker
Source Citation - Books
Creating a source citation for a book need not be difficult. 
1.  Author followed by a comma
2.  Title in italics
3.  Beginning parenthesis
4.  Publication location followed by a colon
4.  Name of publisher followed by a comma
5.  Year of publication
6   Ending parenthesis
7.  Page number followed by a period
John Buchanan, The Road to Guilford Courthouse: The American Revolution in the Carolinas (New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1997) 56.