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Monday, January 21, 2019

Are your Connections "Problematic?"

Are your Connections "Problematic?"

1918 dressDo you know the name of a wife on a family group sheet whom you believe to be a family connection? Does logic point that way, but nothing can be proven? However, if you add it to the family tree (and it is wrong), then countless hours (even years) have been wasted upon tracing the continuation of that lineage. That supposition is probably the focus of many genealogies. I recently reviewed Family Search and discovered that someone had connected to my lineage at the point where I thought the name of the wife was justified. However, the continuation of the husband's lineage was nothing like I had proven through the records. The answer to accepting an unproven name is resoundingly "No!" 




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Monday, January 14, 2019

Where to Find Rare Books

Where to Find Rare Books

Rare BooksLocal libraries regularly conduct book sales. For the historian, attending these sales sometimes turns up surprises. There are still books in public hands dating from the mid 1800s. They are very rare and fragile, but are disposed of by libraries for that same reason and the fact that the modern age no longer considers such books as essential to learning. Sometimes libraries have duplicates of genealogy books which are placed in the sale.



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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Montgomery Co. KY Genealogy - Names in Wills and Estates Never Indexed - #kentuckypioneers #genealogy

Montgomery County Wills, Estates, Guardianships


Montgomery County Kentucky

Montgomery County was established in 1796 from land taken from by Clark County. Montgomery County was named in honor of Richard Montgomery, an American Revolutionary War Brigadier General who was killed in 1775 while attempting to capture Quebec City, Canada. The county seat is Mount Sterling.

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Book A, 1797-1812

Allen, John *Anderson, Nicholas *Armstrong, Thomas *Beacraft, James *Bell, William *Bell, Zachariah *Bledsoe, Moses *Boone, Jacob *Bracken, Robert *Branson, David *Brinser, David *Bumgardner, Bum *Butler, Thomas *Caldwell, John *Cantell, Joshua *Carmen, Henry *Carson, William *Clark, James *Collins, Joseph *Colliver, Joseph *Darnatt, John *Davis, Ignatius *Davis, Nathaniel *Davis, Thomas *Dewitt, Barnet *Dewitt, Barnett Sr. *Dewitt, Martin *Downings, James *Downings, Samuel *Duncan, Isaac *Elliott, John *England, David *Erwin, John *Ewings, Joshua *Fletcher, Thomas *Forbest, Hugh *Furled, Anthony *Goodson, Duncan *Hall, Robert *Harris, Joseph *Harrow, Samuel *Hart, William *Hensley, Joseph *Hensley, Samuel *Hicks, Alexander *Hodge, John H. *Honaker, Peter *Hopper, William *Jenkins, James H. *Jennings, William *Johnson, Edmund *Kelly, Alexander *Kennedy, James *Lancaster, Benjamin *Lane, William *Lawson, Elijah *Lenigor, Joseph *Loe, Polly *Maxy, Thomas *Mayberry, Lewis *Mays, Thomas *Meteer, William *Mitchel, John *Mitchell, John *Norris, William *Northcut, Jeremiah *Oakley, Benjamin *Owings, Jeptha *Parker, Peter *Parks, James *Pebbler, Jane *Pritchard, Phillip *Ragan, William *Rice, Fleming *Richardson, Jonathan *Ringo, Henry *Robertson, Robert *Robertson, William *Robinson, Hugh *Robinson, John *Robinson, William *Rodgers, John *Saul, William *Shutts, Henry *Sidner, Lawrence *Smith, Joseph *Steel, Robert *Stewart, David *Stewart, Benjamin *Taylor, Francis *Thompson, William *Todd, William *Trotter, Richard *Turner, Joseph *Varnars, Cornelius *Wells, Euclid *Wilkinson, Moses *Williams, John *Williams, Joseph *Wills, James *Wools, Christopher *Young, Robert *Young, S. *Young, William

Book B, 1813 to 1822

*Adams, Mathew *Allen, John *Allen, William *Allison, William *Anderson, John *Anthony, David *Barker, Thomas *Barnard, John *Barr, William *Barron, David *Batts, Joseph *Bealy, Thomas *Beecraft, James *Belk, William *Bell, William *Biggers, William *Bleak, John *Bledsoe, Moses *Blythe, Charley *Bridges, William *Brothers, Absalom *Brothers, Thomas *Brown, Mary Ann *Budle, David *Bumgarner, George *Caldbreath, John *Callaway, Elizabeth *Callaway, Richard *Cannon, Henry *Carrington, Samuel *Case, James *Case, Samuel *Cockran, William *Coffer, Henry *Collewin, Joseph *Conley, Arthur *Cooper, Henry *Cox, Martha *Dale, Thomas *Davis, Jeremiah *Davis, Margaret *Davis, Nathaniel *Edwards, Nancy *Evans, Samuel *Evans, Sarah *Foster, James *Fuqua, John *Gaines, Rowland *Garvis, Richard *Gilley, Charles *Gilmore,  ...more names....




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Monday, January 7, 2019

"Ashland", Home of Henry Clay #kentuckypioneerscom #kygenealogy

"Ashland" Henry Clay House

Ashland"Ashland" was originally built by Henry Clay who resided there from 1812 to 1851. The present house on the site was reconstructed in 157 by his son, James Clay, who used the same foundation and original floor lan, except that he added elements of the Italianate designs. Most of the furnishings on display in the house today are original to the house. The property once consisted of some 600 acres of land. Henry Clay imported thoroughbred horses and pedigreed livestock to Kentucky and built a private racetrack as well. Henry Clay served as the U. S. Senator and Speaker of the House of Representatives. He was in favor of the War of 1812 and negotiated its peace in 1814. 





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Monday, December 31, 2018

It was German Explorers Brought the Rifle, Wagon and Dulcimer into Kentucky #kentuckypioneers #kygenealogy

It was German Explorers Brought the Rifle, Wagon and Dulcimer into Kentucky

Conesta WagonIsaac Hite (Hayd), after surveying in Kentucky and returned there with James Harrod to survey Harrodsburg the following year. One of the companions of Daniel Boone was the German Michael Stoner (Holsteiner), a Pennsylvania Dutchman. Matthias Harman (Hermann) was one of the numerous Harmans of eastern Kentucky and was included in the search party that looked for Jenny Wiley in 1789. Both the Kentucky rifle and the Conestoga wagon originated in the German settlement of Pennsylvania, the rifle being transformed from the German Jager rifle. Also, the Appalachian dulcimer is of German origin. Germans were among the eight men who laid out Lexington and in 1790 they comprised 14% of the population. In 1885 the state commissioned Heinrich Lembke to make a tour of German settlements in Kentucky and found that thirteen colonies had spread from Lyon County in the west to Laurel County in the east. Source: Kentucky Encyclopedia by John E. Kleber. 




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Monday, December 24, 2018

When Large Families Boggle the Lineage

When Large Families Boggle the Lineage

large familiesSome genealogies are simply too entangled to unravel. And if many people are descendants from the same group of ancestors and adding their two-cents, it may seem impossible to separate relationships. One issue of large families is when that the first-born children reach maturity they could easily be considered the parents of the last-born siblings! Especially if we have John Sr. and John Jr. And then John Jr. names a son John. Whose John Sr. and John Jr.? A careful separation of the generations is indicated. The popularity of using the same name for several generations is helpful, however, if that name is rather unusual. The last several hundred years, it was popular to incorporate the surname of the parents and grandparents into the first names of the children. This fact should not be overlooked, for sometimes that is the only reasoning available to solving the problem. 





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Thursday, December 20, 2018

How Far Back Can We Trace our Ancestors in the Records?

How Far Back Can We Expect to Trace Our Ancestors?

Henry VIIIHow far back do the records go? All genealogical research needs to be as legitimate as possible and each generation should be verified in order to avoid getting on the wrong track. You can possibly find your ancestor reference in 1066 in the Domesday Book. This was in the days of William the Conqueror when he required a complete listing of all residents in order to tax them. Expect to find a simple reference, without family information. The name is good enough to establish that person as a resident in 1066 A. D. The best hope of accuracy, however, occurs to about 1500, the era when parish records were being kept in England. The old Irish records did not survive, and there is very little on Scotland. However, from the 1400's (you might find a 1400 entry in some parish registers) through the 17th century, the religion was in upheaval. William VIII broke off from the Catholic Church and established the Anglican religion. This is what you will mostly find so far as parish records are concerned. I cannot tell you . . . more . . .



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Monday, December 17, 2018

The Red River Gorge #kentuckypioneerscom #kygenealogy

The Red River Gorge

Red River GorgeEven before the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Shawnee and Yuchi were removed from Kentucky, there were European settlers. Counties were not formed until after the American Revolutionary War. Thus, in wilderness regions, the genealogist must really dig to locate old colonial forts and militia records. My personal procedure is to read every page of the tax digest in the county where my ancestor resided, recording the description of acreage, number of acres, names of neighbors, waterways, district, etc. (whatever the tax digest provides) for each year, then trace that same acreage forward. This information provides a time-line for when he resided in the county. When his name no longer appears, I search the default list. A sensible place to search next is the adjoining counties because the old parent county lines changed with the ascent of the formation of new counties and even States. For example, Hampton County Virginia went to West Virginia. The boundary lines frequently changed. Next, I look at marriages with that surname. This also gives me a time-line of the marriages of the sons and daughters as well as an idea of whether or not any members of the family were still around. If there was a ten or twenty year gap, say, that means that the older generation has either died or moved away. Of course, a thorough search of the deed records tells a better story, but there may be little or nothing there.



Map of Boone County, Kentucky

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Dinsmore Homestead #kentuckypioneers #kentuckygenealogy

Dinsmore Homestead

Dinsmore HomesteadDuring 1839 James and Martha Dinsmore purchased 700 acres of land in Boone County and built Dinsmore House in 1842 along with several outbuildings. It is located on the Burlington Pike west of Burlington, Kentucky. The family raised sheep and grew grapes and willow trees for a basket-making business that was overseen by German immigrants. The house survives today and contains all of its original artifacts brought from in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Indians. The Dinsmore family resided in the home from 1842 to 1926. In 1987, the Dinsmore Homestead Foundation purchased the home along with 30 acres of land. A collection of some 90,000 pages of family letters, journals and business records have been preserved on microfilm for use at the Dinsmore Homestead.




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Friday, December 7, 2018

Images of Logan County KY Wills, Estates, etc. #kentuckypioneers #genealogy

Images of Logan County Wills, Estates, Distributions, Guardianships


Map of Logan County

The county of Logan was formed in 1792 and was named after Benjamin Logan, second in command of the Kentucky Militia during the Revolutionary War. The territory first stretched from the Mississippi River in the west to the Little Barren River in the east. The county seat is Russellville.

Indexes to Wills, Estates, Guardianships, Distributions
  • Book A, 1795 to 1817
  • Book B, 1815 to 1823
  • Book C, 1823 to 1827
  • Book D, 1827 to 1831
Images of Logan County Wills and Estates Book A, 1795 to 1817

Adams, E.Allen, BeverleyAllen, Reuben*Anderson, Thomas*Anigel, George*Arnold, John*Ashley, William*Baker, Robert*Barnard, William R.*Barton, James*Barnett, William*Barton, James*Bayley, Thomas*Bell, John*Bennett, William*Bernard, Heningham*Bernard, John*Bernard, William*Bowie, Patsy*Boyd, Daniel*Boyle, Patrick*Britt, William*Brown, Jared*Brown, John*Browning, John*Bryant, Abraham*Burton, James*Campbell, George*Carlisle, Henry*Cavender, Thomas*Clark, William*Conner, William*Cook, John*Coreen, John*Crabtree, William*Cransden, William*Curry, John*Daniel, John*Davis, Keiza*Dawson, Redford*Drake, Sir Francis*Duncan, Benjamin*Edwards, PenelopeEley, Eli*Elliott, Thomas F.*Ewing, George*Ewing, John*Ewing, William*Ferguson, William*Fike, Malachi*Fisher, William*Fleming, Ralph*Foster, John*Frizzel, William*Furbanks, Robert*Gilbert, William*Gorham, Thomas*Graves, Frederick*Green, John*Hampton, Thomas*Hannah, David*Hawkins, James*Henderson, Thomas*Hendrick, Henry*Hendry, William*Henson, James*Herndon, James*Hinton, John*Holeman, James*Hollarton, Elizabeth*James, Isaac*Horton, William*Howard, James*Howe,, Levi*Hughs, Roland*Hughs, Rowland*Hunter, James*Johnson, John*Johnston, Nathan*Johnston, William*Jones, Aaron*Jones, JudsonKennerly, John*Kerr, Widow*Kown, L. W.*Lang, N.*Langston, Ragland*Lathem, Dickey*Lee, William*Lockhart, David*Lodge, Matthew*Lofland

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