Have you heard of Thomas MacEntee’s ‘genealogy do-over‘? While I wasn’t ready to throw out my years of research and totally start over, I am thankful that this challenge to ‘do over’ prompted me to not only go back thru my genealogy but also to learn about genealogy sources and processes.
As part of my go-over process, I’ve been (slowly) going back thru my ancestors to
- Review the sources I have
- Transcribe the deeds, wills and probate records I’ve collected
- Utilize the hinting systems to locate additional sources
- Utilize the available county records on FamilySearch
- Search newspapers for obituaries, etc.
I am currently working on my 3rd great grandfathers, particularly Horatio Hammond. While I have cleaned up his narrative report and transcribed his will and some of his deeds, I am finding some of my sources are lacking. For example, there are several sources that refer to my old method of filing my notes.
When I open the ‘Hammond.IL.014’ document, I find handwritten notes that are likely from a book.
Since my notes don’t tell me an author or even the publishing information that I used in my citation, I can use WorldCat to see if I can get additional information about the source.
Since my notes include the ‘LDS’ notation, I’m assuming that I viewed this source during a visit to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. Thus, I can also use FamilySearch to see if I can locate information about the source. Since I’m not sure whether I recorded the title correctly, I opted to do a ‘KEYWORD’ search of the catalog instead of a TITLE search.
From the keyword search, I have 4 results, one of which is titled, “Knox County, Illinois 1855 personal property tax list.”
When I click on the title, a page for the book opens. FamilySearch provides a name for the author which was not in the WorldCat record.
In addition, I discovered that there is a DIGITAL version of the book. Since digital books are searchable, I discovered, that the search term, ‘Hammond’, occurs in the book 4 times. Since I only recorded one instance in my original notes, this is information on the Hammond family that I did not have.
Thanks to FamilySearch I have additional information about the Hammond family in Knox County Illinois along with information to craft a better source. Also, many thanks to Thomas MacEntee for the challenge to go back thru my research!