October 2009 archive

Back Up!

If you pursue genealogy professionally, or as a hobby, the odds are you collect a lot of information in electronic format. The items I have range in size and importance, but they include e-mail (with family information) from near and far, scanned information, photographs from the past and present, digital copies from far and wide, …

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Burdick Family Land Records – Liber 3 page 326 , Wexford County, Michigan

This entry is part 1 of 99 in the series Deeds in the Family

I am posting information gleaned from land records in the areas where our family’s ancestors resided. You can read more about this project in the overview. You may also check my deed record listing, which I will update with each post. The names of members of George W. Burdick’s family appear quite often in the …

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Granny’s Land Record Transcriptions

This entry is part 6 of 8 in the series Land Records

I received a Facebook comment with regard to my land record spreadsheet. I asked permission and added the comment at the end of the post here on my blog. A Facebook comment is soon lost in the feed of status updates, link posts and other miscellaneous garbage stuff information, and I prefer that comments and …

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Locating Property and Landmarks in Michigan.

This entry is part 5 of 8 in the series Land Records

As I have studied the land records of my families in Michigan, I have used a variety of maps and resources to be sure I know the location of each piece of property. I have likewise used multiple resources to visit homes, cemeteries, libraries and other research locations. Many of these are familiar, but perhaps …

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Liber 2 Page 403 What Does the Deed Tell Me?

This entry is part 2 of 8 in the series Land Records

Here are the basic facts from the transcription of the deed recorded in Liber 2 page 403 of Wexford County Deeds. The Grantor, Erasmus D. Abbott, of Sherman, Wexford, County, Michigan The Grantee: George W. Burdick of Cedar Creek, Wexford County, Michigan The witnesses: Oscar Barnes, a justice of the peace and William Briggs A …

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Liber 2 Page 403 Land Records, what next?

This entry is part 3 of 8 in the series Land Records

I am writing a little about my experience working with deed records, using Wexford County, Michigan as an example. After I had collected a list of the names and location of the records, I started through the deed record books using my form. It might be helpful to explain that although recording this information directly …

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Wexford County Deeds, Part 2

This entry is part 4 of 8 in the series Land Records

Now I had a neat spreadsheet of land records I extracted from the Wexford County, Michigan index books. What should I do next?  There were so many deeds, and I was not equally interested in them.  Or, at least at the moment I created my list from the index,  some were more important to me …

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Wexford County Deeds

This entry is part 1 of 8 in the series Land Records

Several years ago I read some deed indices in Wexford County, Michigan, looking for transactions for our ancestors. Papa had to travel to Cadillac, the county seat and our former home, for work, so I just hitched a ride and had him drop me at the courthouse. I did not go just once, I went …

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Jane Johnston’s Locket

This entry is part 1 of 9 in the series Treasures and Curiosities

This locket was given to me on Christmas, by my Aunt Jane Yearnd Devereaux. Aunt Jane was my father’s sister, her full name at birth was Margaret Jane Yearnd. This note which accompanied the locket describes three items, I will get to the others in later posts. Inside the locket Here is a larger photo …

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Progress and Pain

Back on December 28, 2008 I made some resolutions, on which I will report progress today in this post. This is not a 30 day or quarterly report, I am writing it because I don’t know what else to write today, and this may help me decide what to write tomorrow. No more foot dragging, …

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