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Friday Finds

Do you have folders full of research notes you’ve taken over the years? If so, are they well organized to that you can easily find them again? I do have lots of folders full of scanned documents. However, I doubt that I could easily find information in some of those folders.

When I scanned the documents in my filing cabinets, I named the scanned file with the filing code on the document. That code was based on a system recommended by Bill Dollarhide. With that system, my folders were divided by surname and state. Thus, I had Kansas, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Virginia folders for my Crawford research. Within each folder, the documents were numbered. Thus a document in the Kansas folder would have a filing code of Crawford.KS.xxx where the xxx represent the number of the document. When the document was sourced in The Master Genealogist, I included the filing code with the source.

When I transitioned from The Master Genealogist to RootsMagic, I was using more digital sources. In the process I found a need for better organization and better file names. Even though my recent research uses a better naming and organization scheme, I still have that older research with poor file names.

A consultant recommended that I go back thru my older research since I could have information buried in those files to help me break thru my Crawford brick wall. Thus, I’m going to spend some time in 2022 going thru those poorly named files and renaming them. And on Fridays, I’m going to share some of my finds via ‘Friday Finds’ blog posts.

Today’s “find” is a handwritten transcription of an obituary for James H. Crawford from the Journal-Democrat in Dodge City.

The Journal-Democrat
Friday July 10, 1908
page 4 col 6

Pioneer Citizen Sleeps into Peaceful Death
J. H. Crawford, pioneer citizen of Ford County died at the hospital Wed afternoon. Mr. Crawford has been seriously sick for some weeks and was brought to the hospital that he might have the best of care. Tues. evening he dropped into a quiet sleep from which the attendants could not arouse him and Wed. afternoon the spirit took its flight.
Mr. Crawford came to Dodge City in 1878 adn settled on a claim northwest of town. After proving up he came to the city and entered mercantile life till 1898 when he sold his business interests to P.M. Imel. Since that time he has lived with his daughter, Mrs. Robt. Hazelton on his farm south of the city
Six children are left to mourn, John, Abraham, Clay and Clara live in Colorado. William is a resident of Arizona. Mrs. Hazelton is the only resident of the community.
The funeral services were held form the Methodist Church this afternoon at 2 o’clock. It was Mr. Crawford last express wish that Dr. Vaughn should preach the funeral sermon, “just a plain ‘Uncle Jimmy’ Crawford funeral” was what he wished. Three children from Colorado arrived for the funeral: John, Clay and Clara.

Since the state of Kansas is working on digitizing their newspaper collection, I now have access to digital copies of the Dodge City papers from this time period. Thus, I not only have my handwritten transcription but can also obtain an image of the obituary.

Going thru these files will likely be a slow process, especially if I stop and find the same source in today’s online resources.

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