Saturday, August 3, 2013

MGP Chapter 5

Chapter 5: Home Work Assignment

Reference: Thomas W. Jones, Mastering Genealogical Proof (Arlington, Virginia) : National Genealogical Society, (2013). Book available from Publisher at:

Question 1:

A.    This would be a derivative record.

B.    Looks like the informant could be Ida because it was from her bible.

C.     The birth date would be primary information if the informant is Ida.

D.    This would be direct evidence since it gives the exact birth date of the person.

E.     It gives indirect evidence because you do not have an exact date for the divorce, but with the date of birth for the last child with the surname of the first husband and the wedding date for the second marriage you have a date range for when the divorce took place.

F.     The source was created to have the family vital information in the bible

G.    If the entries were written all the same time as suggested in the footnote, then there would be a time lapse because they would have been written after 1893.

H.    Unknown

I.       Unknown

J.       Unknown

K.     If Ida was the creator of this bible entry then she could have adjusted dates of her marriages and/or birth dates to hide time lapse between marriage and child birth.

L.      The source could be reliable but does not make the information valid.







        Question 2.

   1850 Census (Missouri)                                  

        Don Higele, Born in Germany,

1811-1812, a bricklayer

     Barb Higele, Born in Germany, 1825-1826

     Ad Higele, Born in Germany, 1844-1845

     Fritz Higele, Born in Germany, 1845-1846

    Joh[n] Higele, Born in Missouri, 1847-1848

   Marie Higele, Born in Missouri, 1849-1850

   Corn Higele, Born in Germany, 1826-1827

                1860 Census (Illinois)

  Antoine Higley, Born in Hanover,

1809-1810, Stone Mason

Barb Higley, Born in Hanover, 1826-1827

Adolph Higley, Born in Hanover, 1845-1846

Fred[eric]k Higley, Born in Hanover, 1846-1847

Mary Higley, Born in Hanover, 1849-1850

Sopha Higley, Born in Hanover, 1850-1851

Jacob Higley, Born in Illinois, 1853-1854

Louisa Higley, Born in Illinois, 1857-1858

Commentary: Even with the variation in the names and dates, this does seem to be the same family in both of the census records.

The family appears to have left Germany after having 2 sons born there. They arrived in Missouri for the birth of another son around 1847. This son appears to have died before 1860. Marie, who is 6 months old in the 1850 census, would be Mary in the 1860 census. Given the fact that they were in Missouri for the 1850 census it would be unlikely that Mary/Marie and Sopha would have been born in Hanover. Then between 1851 and 1853 they moved to Illinois and had two more children. Corn, mentioned in the 1850 census, looks like he could be Don’s brother and he most likely started his own family or possibly died before the 1860 census. The differences in the names could be the result of language and understanding on both the part of the enumerator and the family. It looks like for the 1850 census they had not been in this country long, so that could have been the problem.

Question 3.

Narrative: the article’s page 35, Lewis’s Parentage, The evidence presented does link Lewis to being the son of Lewis and Mary Pritchett.

List: Bullet list on the article’s page 30. These three points do identify Philip Pritchett that sued in Virginia in 1783 as being the same person in Kentucky.

Timeline: the article’s page 36-37, the senior Lewis Pritchett. This timeline does support Lewis and Mary as candidates for Philip’s parents.

Table: the article’s page 34, Stafford County Land of two Pritchett Taxpayers. This supports that there were two Lewis Pritchett’s that were landowners.

Map: the article’s page 32, this map shows how the Pritchett Land in Stafford County was closer to the land in Fauquier County where Phillip had the law suit, so it would make sense that the senior Lewis Pritchett was with him in court.

Question 4.

Narrative: the article’s page 107 -108. This presents evidence from a variety of records to find which of the two sources presented could be correct.

List: the list on the article’s page 107 makes good points for the argument of Earl being Charles’ son.

Timeline: The timeline beginning on page 109 brings together many facts about James, the suspected father of Charles. These do support the conclusion that would be father-in-law to both Ida and Emma.

Table: on the table 2 on page 115 we see the tools for David. These are tools of a wood worker, like Charles?

Map: the map on page 103 shows the counties in Michigan that records have been found for the McLain family

Friday, July 26, 2013

Study Group Chapter 4 Home Work

Chapter 4: 
Home Work Assignment
Thomas W. Jones, Mastering Genealogical Proof (Arlington, Virginia) : National Genealogical Society, (2013), 6. Book available from Publisher at:

Name: Pat O'Donnell Kuhn

1. Citations are important because they document the research that has been done and support the the findings in the proof argument. In this way they are a road map for the reader to see how you came to your conclusions.

2.  a. Willis M. Kemper, Genealogy of the Kemper Family, 1899, Chicago: Geo. K. Hazlitt, page 79

    b. Ann Brunner Eales and Robert M. Kvasnicka,  2000, Guide to Genealogical Research in the National Archives of the United States, Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, page 23.

    c. Donn Devine, September 2007, The Common Law of England, NGS Quarterly 95, page 165-78 at 168.

    d. no author noted, 18 March 1948, Rites Held on Sunday for Mrs. Emma McLain, Long-time Local Resident,  Newaygo Republican, Newaygo, Mich., page 1, col. 4.

    e. Robert Allen DeVowe, comp., Ancestry World Tree Project: Newaygo County,

    f. Denise Crawford, 2000, Descendants of Aaron McClain and Elizabeth\Anna(--),Pedigree Resource File, CD-ROM 18, Salt Lake City: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

3. a. Kemper, Genealogy of Kemper Family, page 79.

    b. Eales and Kvasnicka, Guide to Genalogical Research, page 23.

    c. Devine, Common Law of England, page 168.

    d. Rites for Emma McLain, page 1, col. 4.

    e. DeVowe, Ancestry tree project.

    f. Crawford, Descendants, CD-ROM 18

4. a. Willis M. Kemper, Genealogy of the Kemper Family: Descendants of  John Kemper of Virginia( Chicago: Geo. K. Hazlitt, 1899)

    b. Anne Brunner Eales and Robert M. Kvasnicka, Guide to Genealogical Research in the National Archives of the United States(Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2000.

    c. Donn Devine, "The Common Law of England," in NGS Quarterly 95 (September 2007): 165-78, at 168.

    d. "Rites Held on Sunday for Mrs. Emma McLain, Long-time Local Resident," Newaygo Republican, Newaygo, Mich., 18 March 1948, page 1, col. 4.

    e. Robert Allen DeVowe, comp., "Ancestry World Tree Project: Newaygo County," Ancestry. com(

    f. Denise Crawford, "Descendants of Aaron McClain and Elizabeth\Anna(--)," Pedigree Resource File, CD-ROM 18(Salt Lake City:Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2000)

5. a. Kentucky Tax Assessor, Tax Books, Clark Co., 1973-1797, 1799-1809, 1795,6:25; and 1796, 2:21, Kentucky Historical Society, Frankfort.

    b. Fauquier County, Minute Book, 1781-84, page 192, Warrenton, VA County Court.

    c. Fairfax County, Record of Surveys, page 154, Fairfax, VA Circuit Court Archives.

    d. not given, Legislative Petitions, Virginia General Assembly, Stafford County, 1776-1827, Petition of October 1776, record group 78, box 238, folder1, accession 36121; Library of Virginia legislative petitions.

    e. Muskegon Co., Mich., Record of Marriages 2, 19 August 1871, page 36, no. 531, McLain-Tucker, County Clerk, Muskegon, Mich.

     f. Allegan Co., Mich., Circuit Court File 1355, Ida M. McLain v. Charles D. McLain, 1879, 22 August 1879, Mrs. Calista J. Tucker testimony, Circuit Court, Allegan, Mich.

6.  a. Kentucky tax Assessor, Tax Books, Clark Co., 1795, 6:25; and 1795, 2:21.

     b. Fauquier Co., Minute Book, 1781-84, p. 192.

     c.  Fairfax Co., Record of Surveys, p. 154.

      d.  Legislative Petitions, Stafford Co., petition of 15 October 1776.

      e.  Muskegon Co., Record of Marriages 2:36.

      f.  Allegan Co., Circuit Court File 1355, Calista J. Tucker testimony.

7.   a.  Kentucky Tax Assessor, Tax Books, Clark Co. Kentucky Historical Society, Frankfort, Ky.

      b.  Virginia, Fauquier Co. Minute Book, 1781-84, County Court, Warrenton.

      c.  Virginia, Fairfax Co. Recordd of Surveys, Circuit Court Archives, Fairfax.

      d.   Legislative Petitions, Virginia Assembly, Stafford Co. Record group 78, Library of Virginia, Richmond.

      e.  Michigan, Muskegon Co. Record of Marriages, County Clerk, Muskegon.

      f.  Allegan Co. Circuit Court files, Circuit Court, Allegan.

8.  Thomas W. Jones, Mastering Genealogical Proof (Arlington, Va.: National Genealogical Society, 2013), p. 35.

9.   Ronald A. Hill, "The Maternal Ancestry of Elizabeth Bray, Wife of William Hill of St. Kew in Cornwall," National Genealogical Society Quarterly 101 (June 2013)

10. Created by: D. R. Buck, "George Moore Davis Tucker" memorial  #40735875, Find A Grave ( viewed 26 Jul 2013.

11.  "The Genealogical Proof Standard," Board for Certification of Genealogists ( : viewed 26 Jul 2013).

12.  a1. Board for Certification of Genealogists, The BCG Genealogical Standards Manual, 2000, Orem, Utah:Ancestry, pages 1-2.

       a2. not applicable, Google Books, 1 August 2012,

       b1. VanBuren Co., Mich, Return of Births in the County of VanBuren for the Year Ending December 31st, A.D. 1876, 4 February 1876, Department of Vital Records; Lansing, p. 256, no. 890, Carl McLain.

      b2. not needed, "Michigan Births, 1867-1902," Family Search, 1 August 2012,

      c1. not applicable, "List of all Passengers in Vessels from Foreign Ports Which Have Arrived at the Port of New Orleans During the Third Quarter of the Year 1832-and the Number that have died on the passage," in Quarterly Abstracts of Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New Orleans, 1820-1875, microfilm publication M272,17  rolls, 1969, Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Service, roll 1, chronologically arranged, for "Brig Wm Osborne," 3 July 1832, Merdet entries

      c2.  not applicable, "New Orleans, Passenger List Quarterly Abstracts, 1820-1875,", 1 August 2012,, search for "G Merdet."

13.  Georgia Bureau of Vital Statistics, Standard Certificate of Death, no 16678, John Thomas Wright, May 18, 1923; Georgia Department of Archives and History, Morrow; digital image, "Historical Recordd Collections," Family Search ( :  viewed 26 July 2013), for  "Georgia Deaths 1914-1927," digital folder 004178242, image 230.

14.   Aroostook Co., Maine, Southern Registry, Deed Book 51:98, Jewell to Mansur, 22 January 1875; County Clerk, Holton, Maine;digital image, "HIstorical Record Collections," Family Search ( : viewed 26 July 2013), for "Maine, Aroostook County Deed Books, 1865-1900," Southern Registry, vol. 51, image 101.

15.   "Boyhood of Edison: Something About the Youth of the Great Inventor." Quincy Daily Herald, Quincy, Ill., 24 Aug 1893, p 6, cols. 2-4; digital image, "Quincy Historic Newspaper Archive," Quincy Public Library (  : viewed 26 July 2013), advanced search for "Edison" in the Quincy Daily Herald.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Chapter 2 Home Work Assignment

Chapter 2: 
Home Work Assignment

Thomas W. Jones, Mastering Genealogical Proof (Arlington, Virginia) : National Genealogical Society, (2013), 6. Book available from Publisher at:

Name: Pat Kuhn

 1. Who were the parents of Philip Pritchartt, who died between 1811 and 1812 in Montgomery County, Kentucky?

 2. A: When did Philip Pritchett live in Fairfax County?

    B: How could Lewis Pritchett be Philip Pritchett's "Next Friend"?

 3.Are Charles D. McLain who married Ida May Tucker in Muskegon, Michigan, on 19 August 1871, and Chas D. McLain who married Emma Cope in   Kent County, Michigan, on 21 October 1886, the same man?

 4. A: Who are the parents of Charles D. McLain that was divorced by Ida May Tucker in 1879 in Allegan County Michigan?

    B: Where did Phebe McLaine and her son live in 1870?

 5. A: Who were the parents of Ellen Shick who married Jerome VanBilliard 16 Feb 1857?

     B: How were Ellen Shick  who married Jerome VanBilliard on 16 Feb 1857 and Catherine Shick, who married Herman VanBilliard  in 1874 related?

     C: Where was Henry VanBilliard born in 1767?

 6. Was Oliver VanBilliard born in 1844 in Freemansburg, Pennsylvania the same Oliver Vanbilliard that was Justice of the Peace in Phillipsburg, New Jersey in 1918?

 7. What happened to Jerome Vanbilliard when he was captured by the Confederate Army 29 Sep 1864?

 8. A: William Gerald Rector, "Loggers and Logging to 1870"(appendix B, note 7)

     B: LeRoy Barnett, "State Census of Michigan-Tragedy of Lost Treasures" (appendix B, note 13)

     C: Joan W. Peters, "The Tax Man Cometh: Land and Property in Colonial Fauquier County Virginia: Tax Lists from the Fauquier County  Court Clerk's Loose Papers, 1759-1782" (appendix A, note 32)

     D: Donn Devine, "The Common Law of England" (appendix A, note 36)

 9. A: Montgomery Co., Ky Will Book (note 2)
    B: Personal Property Tax Lists, Fairfax County (note 10)

    C: Fairfax Co., Record of Surveys (note 16)

    D: Stafford Co., Deed Book (note 24)

10. A: King, comp, Register of Overwharton Parish (note 37, derived from original register)
     B: Schreiner-Yantis and Love, 1787 Census of Virginia (note 22, derived from tax records)

    C: Beth Mitchell, Fairfax County Road Orders (note 18, derived from original orders)

    D: Joan W. Peters, The Tax Man Cometh (note 32, derived from tax lists from the Fauquier County Court Clerk's Loose Papers)

11. A derivative record containing secondary information could contain more errors and also be missing any notes that would be on the original

12. The next step would be to order the original birth record.

       Answers for questions 13 - 16 are available in the book. answering here could violate copyright.

17. One source alone cannot always answer the question. Sometimes you need to combine the information to understand the answer.

18. Sometimes the lack of information answers the question. 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Chapter 1 Home Work Assignment

Chapter 1: 
Home Work Assignment

Thomas W. Jones, Mastering Genealogical Proof (Arlington, Virginia) : National Genealogical Society, (2013), 6. Book available from Publisher at:

Name: Pat Kuhn

1. In Genealogy,  research is done to reconstruct identities and relationships of our ancestors.  Many of these people we research are from our past, but some research includes living people. We research biological and marital kinships, but also other kinds of relationships within and across the generations.

2. The five parts of the Genealogical Proof Standard are:
Thorough ("reasonably exhaustive") searches in sources that might help answer a research question
Informative  ("complete, accurate") citations to the sources of every  information item contributing to the research question's answer
Analysis and comparison ("correlation") of the relevant sources and information to assess their usefulness as evidence of the research question's answer
Resolution of any conflicts between evidence and proposed answer to a research question
A written statement, list, or narrative supporting the answer.
The source of these standards is Board for Certification of Genealogists, The BCG Genealogical Standards Manual (Orem,Utah:Ancestry, 2000):1-2

3. I would have to tell them that I would only share my family history with them with all my proof statements, summaries, arguments and explanations of reasoning and documentation included. Because without these things it is just information and these things make them accurate and I could not have my name attached to the work without them included.

4. All the standard's five parts need each other for the proof standard to be met.

5. We begin by asking questions about what we want to learn about the person we are researching.