Friday, December 10, 2010

What is research: Working with documents about a c1815 estate

Continuing the dialog.

Evidence comes in many shapes and sizes.

I'm uploading pages from an estate that is not large. It doesn't appear complex, either. Many names appear in the pages, but we were not initially able to identify family relationships. Nowhere do the words father, son or brother appear, yet this document is ultimately key evidence in a proof argument identifying those very family relationships.

The word "widow" appears in the documents, but still today our research remains incomplete as to the widow's identity. We have identified the woman who married the deceased earlier in life, but do not know if the same woman survived him.

Since the late 1990s, I've had copies of the c1815 items presented here; they came from two different sources. The document uploaded commingles digital images from the two different sources without losing the source identity for any of the items.

All or relevant portions of the items have been separately transcribed or abstracted.

Click on the thumbnails below to view the items in your browser.

Hope this helps. --GJ

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