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TIP OF THE WEEK –
  LEWIS COUNTY, WA RECORDS


There is a wonderful on-line resource for people researching in Lewis County, Washington: the website for the Lewis County Historical Museum:http://www.lewiscountymuseum.org/research-library/

Their web page includes links to a searchable index of their obituary collection, with obits from 1880 to 2016; and a biographical and family history database for Lewis County as well.  The links to the latter database are currently not working, but one can email the library, and they’ll provide a search for free:director@lewiscountymuseum.org

[Located in Category: Tips from the SGS eNews!]
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WEST VIRGINIA. http://cdm16824.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/landingpage/collection/p16824coll8 No, we don't have a West Virginia today, but once upon a time....And it had court records with some of your ancestors in them. Where are the records found today? Where you probably would not look...in the digital archives of Marietta College, Marietta, Ohio. The date range for them is 1754-1789 and they concern primarily civil suits in Hampshire County, West Virginia.
[Located in Category: Website tips]
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TENNESSEE: Are you looking for records in TN, not finding them, and thinking maybe the courthouse burned down? Maybe it did, maybe it didn't. Maybe an earthquake got it! To find out what, if anything, happened to the county courthouse, check this website: https://sos.tn.gov/products/tsla/lost-records-courthouse-fires-and-disasters-tennessee
[Located in Category: Website tips]
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National Archives and Records Administration Record Groups. That's an intimidating title for a lot of us. We give it a try, can't figure it out, and quit. Now, however, NARA has this WONDERFUL!!! page to help you figure out where you want to look for records. And you don't even have to know the Record Group's name because NARA tells you what it is. Just Google National Archives and Records Administration. Click the main website and put Record Group Explorer in the search box. Then sit there an look at all the various titles and how little of each group has been digitized. They have scanned almost 86 million scans and that still represents only three-quarters of one percent of what they have. Which means we'll all be going back again and again on a regular schedule to see what's new that we can use. Be sure to look at ALL the titles before you home in on just one; military records, for example, are kept in all kinds of places!
[Located in Category: General Tips]
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Did your ancestor in Missouri turn in wolf scalps for the state? Check out: MISSOURI MISCELLANY, Vol. XVII, 1984, page 81.
[Located in Category: From the SGS Library]
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IRISH NAMING PATTERN
Looking back through the centuries in Ireland, there has traditionally been a very strong naming pattern for the children born into a family. Perhaps knowing this pattern will assist you in your research.
  • eldest son usually named after his paternal grandfather
  • second son usually named after his maternal grandfather
  • third son usually named for his father
  • fourth son usually named for his father's eldest brother
  • fifth son usually named for his mother's eldest brother
  • eldest daughter usually named after her maternal grandmother
  • second daughter usually named after her paternal grandmother
  • third daughter usually named for her mother
  • fourth daughter usually named for her mother's eldest sister
  • fifth daughter usually named for her father's eldest sister
[Located in Category: Tips from the SGS eNews!]
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http://www.warmsearch.org/about.html WASHINGTON ADOPTION REUNION MOVEMENT If you have questions about Washington State adoptions, be sure to check out this site. It has some information the other sites regarding Washington adoption sites do not have.
[Located in Category: Website tips]
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Italia Genealogical Group, Vol. 6, #2, 1999: Genealogy in Verse by Merrell Kenworthy. As published in Donna Potter Phillips' "Genealogy Etc." column in Genealogy Bulletin, Nov./Dec. 1998: I went searching for an ancestor. I cannot find him still. He moved around from place to place and did not leave a will. He married where a courthouse burned. He mended all his fences. He avoided any man who came to take the United States Census. He always kept his luggage packed, this man who had no fame. And every 20 years or so, the rascal changed his name. His parents came from Europe. They should be upon some list of passengers to the USA, but somehow they got missed. And no one else in this worlds is searching for this man. So, I play genealogy solitaire to find him if I can. I am told he is buried in a plot, with tombstone he was blessed; but the weather took engraving and some vandals took the rest. He died before the county clerks decided to keep records. No family bible has emerged, in spite of all my efforts. To top it off this ancestor, who cause me many groans. Just to give me one more pain, betrothed a girl named Jones.
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The following item came flying out of a file in the Polly Stevens Collection, source unknown. If you know the source, please let us know so it can be properly credited. Q: Is it true that some of the early New England laws were such that they forced women to go through the marriage ceremony stark naked? A: That supposedly happened on occasion. When widows remarried. One Vermont case typifies the thing. The widow's clothes were regarded as part of her late husband's estate. In fact, anything she owned, even a gift of clothing from the man she intended to marry, was still identified as part of the estate. And if the husband-to-be allowed her to wear such before the marriage ceremony, the law interpreted it as the living man's acceptance of the dead man's debts. The record shows one widow, therefore, stood nude inside a closet with a heart-shaped hole cut in the door during her remarriage, then put on her new costume only after the wedding ceremony was over.
[Located in Category: From the SGS Library]