Thursday, September 15, 2011
Learn from My Mistake and Save Some Gas Money Too
I didn't find any supporting evidence in probate records but I did find some great indirect evidence in the deeds. I wish I had found some direct evidence but I was very happy with my results none-the-less.
Yesterday, I reviewed my files. I looked over both the family group sheets and the deeds that I had photocopied.
I was aghast. I had a made a glaring mistake. Can you guess what it was?
I had brought family group sheets for the son, father and grandfather. I had completely neglected his mother's family. It is very likely that if probate records existed for his maternal grandmother or grandfather and they died before his mother that they could contain mention of his mother and father and possibly even himself.
Now I've got to pull out the information on the mother's family and do some analysis. Did her parents die before or after she was married? If I'm lucky they will have died afterward so that potential probate records will also mention her husband. If they did die after the marriage, then next I need to see how many of the grandchildren were born before their deaths. If I'm really lucky the grandchildren might be mentioned in the probate.
If it turns out that both grandparents died before the marriage then I won't bother going back to probate. I don't need to prove the maternal line for this particular project. But if they died after the marriage or the birth of grandchildren then I will definitely be making a second trip back.
The Probate Court and Registry of Deeds are 45 minutes from my house. That's a lot of time and gas I would have saved if I had expanded my research the first time around. Learn from my mistake and research both sides of the family even if it doesn't seem like the obvious thing to do. You'll save yourself time and some gas money too.
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