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Monday, February 18, 2019

Why Tracing Back 4 Generations is a Break-Through in the Family Tree

Why Tracing Back 4 Generations is a Break-Through in the Family Tree 


Theoretically, one should easily trace his lineage back 4 generations to the great grandparents using census records. If this much is accomplished, at the point of the great grandparents, it should be fairly easy to find others sharing the same lineage. The 1850 census was the first census to provide the names and ages of all family members, including where they were born. From 1790 to 1840, the date ranges help estimate the births of the children, but you do not get the names. For this information, one must turn their research to deeds, wills, estates, marriages, tax digests, etc. in the county records where an ancestor resided. With each generation backwards, this process is repeated. One can find the ancestors in American county records dating back to the first immigrants.
Pendleton Co. KY Wills and Estates. See Names.


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Monday, February 11, 2019

Assumption vs. Facts

bushelsIn tracing the ancestors, the minute that we assume something, it is wrong! Family traditions, naming of children, and certain scenarios seem to fit the puzzle, so we pencil it in. Years pass, and we still have not found anything concrete the prove our theory. But the entry is like an old friend, so we hesitate to erase it. Somehow it gets published on the Internet. Because someone else has the same entry (probably originated from ourselves), we add credibility to the situation. This is just one way in which errors get repeated. There is nothing easy about this work and mistakes are made by the bushels. It is said that tens of millions of Americans descend from King Edward I of England. We are talking about 13th century. Since the family tree doubles with every generation which is traced backwards, some 239.33 generations have since passed . Now, let us image a lineage chart containing all of his descendants published in the traditional individual pedigree format upon a World Chart! And that the computer program merged a criteria of data. Now, think of the individual errors (names and probable dates, spelled variously, and repeated) on individual family group sheets all pointing to the King. Because of name variables (and spellings) and estimated date lines, the same names of his children get repeated millions of times. As more and more charts go online, we discover a conglomeration of conflicting data. The best means of preventing duplication is to add the proof of each name, date, place, etc. so that others may double-check the information.  Pendleton Co. KY Wills and Estates. See Names.

Just saying. 



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Friday, February 8, 2019

Images of Hardin Co. KY Genealogy #kentuckypioneerscom

Hardin County Kentucky Wills, Estates


Hardin County KentuckyHardin County was established in 1793 from land given by Nelson County and was named after Colonel John Hardin, an officer in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. Courthouse fires destroyed county records in 1864 and again in 1932

Hardin County Probate Records available to members of Kentucky Pioneers

Digital Images of Hardin County Wills and Estates, Book B, 1810 to 1816
Testators:Arnet, Jonathan | Attaberry, Richard | Baird, James | Barlow, Michael | Blesett, Francis | Bradshaw, Benjamin | Brady, Morris | Brown, Frederick | Bruce, Mary | Burris, Joseph | Bush, Christopher | Caldhoon, Hugh | Camron, Hannah | Cannon, Angus | Carter, Dannell | Carter, Samuel | Chastain, Lewis | Coombs, Samuel | Courts, Charles | Cozart, William | Daugherty, Christopher | Deavon, Henry | Dodge, Josiah| Dodson, William | Farguson, Usher | French, James | Furguson, John | Ganterman, Margaret | Gardner, Jonathan | Georgehegan, Thomas | German, John | Gilliland, Thomas | Goodin, Samuel Sr. | Gray, Joseph | Grayham, Andrew | Greenawatt, Lewis | Hare, Joseph | Harris, Samuel | Hart, Richard | Helm, Thomas | Hill, Thomas | Humphrey, John | Hunter, Robert | Jones, Isaac | Joseph, Jonathan | Kennedy, Daniel | Kuydendall, Jacob | Larkin, William | Larue, John | Linder, Isaac | McCullum, William | McDaniel, Daniel | McIntire, Moses | McLean, Leonard | MacMahon, William | Melton, John | Miller, Alexander | Miller, Peter | Morris, John | Murphy, James | Nevitt, Joseph | Pearpoint, Francis | Pearpoint, Mary | Pickerell, Samuel | Potter, Daniel | Price, Richard | Reid, John | Roof, Nicholas Sr. | Sanders, Azariah | Shaggs, James | Simmons, Benjamin | Slaughter, Robert | Stader, Ann | Sutzer, Frederick | Thorp, David | Tull, Frederick | Waide, Horatio | Watts, George | West, Isaac | Wiley, Thomas | Williams, John F. | Wisehart, George | Withers, William | Wood, Isaac | Wooley, Hanner | Wooley, William | Young, Adam



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Thursday, February 7, 2019

How to Create Proving Genealogy Resources #kentuckypioneerscom #kygenealogy

How to Create Proving Genealogy Resources

Will of Charles ConwayWhen your genealogical research turns up zero, establishing facts for elusive ancestors is tough. One solution is to research around the facts and thus eliminate persons in that generation. We need to determine who is whoand prepare a family group sheet for that family irregardless of whether or not they are directly related. This process documents a family and eliminates them. First, locate your ancestor's surname in nearby counties and states. Then search court house records -- deeds, wills, tax records, estates, etc. and establish the facts for each person. Next, complete a family group sheet on that family, noting the sources you used. Proceed accordingly on all questionable families, thus identifying each person of the era and location. Third, examine each family group sheet. Look for nicknames. For example, Betsy, b. ca 1757 could be your Elizabeth, b. 1759. Fourth, once everyone is identified you probably have a number of loose persons for whom you need to discover more information. Try to trace that person so that he may be either identified or elimated; use marriage records, estates, etc. In the earliest pioneering days the eldest son inherited the farm while others went into other acceptable occupations such as physicians, ministers, etc. This took them away from the home place. In other words, erase confusion by identifying and eliminating all families in prescribed areas having your same.
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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Images of Lincoln Co. KY Wills, Estates, Distributions, Invs #kygenealogy #kentuckypioneers.com

Lincoln County Kentucky Wills, Estates, Deeds


Lincoln County, KentuckyLincoln County, KentuckyStanfordLincoln was one of the original three counties formed from a county in Virginia called "Kentucky County". Three counties were separated from Virginia to form the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 1792; viz: Fayette, Jefferso and Lincoln Counties. The county seat is Stanford, Kentucky.

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  • 1781 to 1791
  • 1791 to 1804
  • 1804 to 1806
Images of Wills, Estates, Deeds, 1781 to 1791

Adams, James | Arnold, Mark | Ball, Edward | Baughman, Henry | Beardale, John | Bell, Samuel | Berry, James | Berry, John | Bowman, John | Bright, George | Bright, John | Brought, Benjamin Rice | Bryston, William | Bulger, Edward

Caperton, Adam | Carpenter, John | Cassy, John | Chapman, Dianah | Chapman, Edward | Chapman, George | Crutchfield, JamesDaniel, Walker | Davis, Elizabeth | Dowdery, Samuel | Duncan, Andrew | English, John | Estill, James

Feland, Thomas | Fisher, James | Floyd, David | French, John | Froman, Paul | Froman, Paul Sr. | Frye, John

Garnett, Anthony | Gibson, John | Gillis, William | Glover, John | Goodnight, Michael | Gordon, James | Gordon, SamuelHanna, Alexander | Harlen, Silas | Hart, Cornelius | Hart, Nathan | Hart, Nathaniel | Hart, Sarah | Hawkins, Daniel | Henry, John | Hicks, William

Jack, Samuel | Jackman, Adam | Jansten, Christian | Johnson, Hugh | Kennedy, John | Kennon, John

Langford, Joseph | Linday, Joseph |Logan, James | Lynn, NathanMcAfee, William | McBride, Francis | McBride, William | McCalliston, George | McCastin, John | McKinley, Andrew | McMurtry, John | Miller, Andrew | Miller, Henry | Miller, Joseph | Mitchell, James | Montgomery, John | Montgomery, Milligan | Montgomery, Robert | Moore, Samuel | Mormer, Absalom | Mount, Mathew

Overton, Clough | Patterson, Benjamin | Potts, John | Radcliff, Charles | Robertson, James | Rose, Lewis | Rutherford, JohnSharpe, John | Shirley, Michael | Shield, Hugh | Smith, Henry | Smith, James | Stade  . . . more . . .



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Monday, February 4, 2019

When the Computer is Not the Answer to Genealogy

 When the Computer is Not the Answer to Genealogy

The modern age of technology is wonderful!  However, we must not rely upon genealogy programs to find the ancestors. Everyone knows that tracing the family roots is a tedious process involving many long years of hard work. To the new researchers out there: one cannot just sign up somewhere and expect to find the family tree.  Should you think that this is the case, the work itself is riddled with errors.  For this reason connecting to a World Tree is not advisable. One must keep their errors to themselves, not share them!  That is, until they are resolved with factual evidence.  Otherwise, in the end, that World Tree will be a trash dump no one wants to tackle.  Already the term "junk genealogy" has emerged and cleanup is near impossible. The computer programs of today merging data are not cutting it.  Hence, human beings must continue to control genealogical research and maintain it privately on a simple computer program.



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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Should Genealogists Continue to Visit Court Houses? #kygenealogy #kentuckypioneerscom

Should Genealogists Continue to Visit Court Houses?

WillsShould one continue to visit the old court houses, especially considering all of the genealogy added to the Internet? I have been visiting court houses since 1964 and have to tell you that some pretty uncomfortable changes have occurred. The labor force is a problem. In some instances, those who work in the office of the clerk of the probate court do not know what a last will and testament is, much less how to find the old will books. Another disturbance is the sloppy manner in which the old books are treated. If most of these counties had not been microfilmed in the 1950s, the information would be lost. Faded ink, moisture damage and the like make certain records virtually impossible to photocopy. Another issue is "off-site storage". We are in the age of having to store old books because of a shortage of space. When I recently visited a court house in Georgia, I had to wait several days for the "off-storage" books to be sent to the court house! This was really inconvenient, since I had traveled there from Atlanta. Some of the old books are finding a home in local historical societies while others are in the possession of the State Archives. How would one know these things? Additionally, in the old days a clerk might take a book home to work on it and this maneuver prevented it from being included in a fire. Occasionally some court house books show up in antique stores and attics! These things exist. What I am saying here is that all records were not microfilmed. Yet all is not lost, however. Avid researchers, like myself, seek such collections. Some of these private collections are reflected in my books and in databases on Kentucky Pioneers. Happy hunting to members!



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Monday, January 28, 2019

Documenting Existence

Documenting Existence

It is noteworthy while tramping through old graveyards that while there are broken and unreadable tombstones, many graves went unmarked.Perhaps you noticed some impressions in the soil which appeared to be graves of children? A great deal of work is required to ascertain who the missing children were of a particular family. From one census 10-year span to the next, all small children should reappear. Yet, they do not. We are aware of these children, but do not know happened to them? Are there common dates in families or in the cemetery which suggest measles or typhoid fever? The cemetery tells its own story, if one examines it closely by viewing all of the tombstones. In past eras when the keeping of the family bible was important, a family register was maintained. Such bibles (if you can find one) fill in the blanks left out by cemeteries. Perhaps someone posted an obituary an old newspapers, however, such a notice could appear in a regional newspaper, or even one in another State where the person had relatives. There is one thing for certain. The search requires many long hours of tedium. How many people, do you suppose, were lost to history?



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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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