Lauritzen - My Chapter Three Homework Assignment
Thomas W. Jones, Mastering Genealogical Proof (Arlington, Virginia) : National Genealogical Society, (2013), 6. Book available from Publisher at: www.ngsgenealogy.orgMGP Study Group
Chapter Three Homework
a. Two independent evidence items:
- The 1783 court appearance, where he appears as a minor.
- His first appearance as a taxpayer - 1786.
b. Sources competent genealogists would examine:
- The 1810 census
- The legislative petition
c. Some primary information:
- The court record
- The tax list
- The petition
d. Some original records:
- It seems like all of the sources included are originals.
e. Derivative sources or secondary information replaced by originals and primary information:
- The 1787 tax list (derivative), replaced by looking at the original tax list on a microfilm reel.
f. Findable sources suggested by relevant sources and indexes:
- The indexes and databases eventually led to the original image, or to court records.
a. Two independent evidence items in agreement.
- His 1886 marriage to Emma, giving his age as 32.
- The 1894 Michigan census, giving his age as 40.
b. Sources competent genealogists would examine.
- The censuses for 1860-1920 give his age. He is not enumerated in 1850, so this implies he was not born until after the census taker came by.
- Marriage records give his age.
- His birthday is included in his obituary.
- His death record includes his age.
c. Some primary information.
- He gives his age at his marriages.
d. Some original records.
- The census records are the exceptions; all other sources are originals.
e. Authored works, derivative records, secondary information replace by originals and primary information.
- There doesn't appear to be any original records. He does give the information for his two marriages.
f. All findable sources.
- Indexes and databases lead to images of the census.
3. Searching for Mary L. Jones' parents in Hamilton County, IL:
- Probate records for father Silas may include the name of his wife and children.
- There doesn't appear to be a marriage database for this county; there only seems to be a book listing the records would be a derivative source. The original could be ordered from the courthouse.
- Check for Silas' marriage to Sarah. This could be a clue as to whether Sarah is Mary's mother.
- Look for a death certificate for Mary, and also for Silas and Sarah. There is an online database, but the original can also be viewed.
- Perhaps her father served during the Civil War. Look for a pension file on Fold3.