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Newsletter Subtitle A NEW YEAR - A NEW START!
Month Day Year FEBRUARY 25, 2011
YOGS CRAZY CRATE 87
AS OF FEBRUARY 25, 2011
A FRESH START!
YE OLDE GENEALOGIE SHOPPE
9605 VANDERGRIFF ROAD
P. O. Box 39128
INDIANAPOLIS, IN 46239
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[PAT'S NOTE:] The day the first Crazy Crate was sent out years ago, this note of explanation was included to explain the beginning of a brand-new numbering system for the CRAZY CRATES. Juggling the previously published two hundred crates and looking for a certain crate with a certain book on it was getting to be a time-consuming task. Also, I was getting just a little overwhelmed by the enormity of maintaining all this on my hard drive. Just keeping the crates in order was getting intimidating! So I have closed the old series of numbering from 1 through 200 and am beginning a new one which will make my job simpler, I hope! [UPDATE NOTE: It has!]
I never thought of myself as a writer even though I have won a few awards and sold a few pieces for doing it over the years. Ray was the writer in our family. I was the proofreader, the placer of commas, the capital checker and the final polisher of what Ray had written.
Then, all in a moment, over a weekend, Ray, my beloved husband, best friend and business partner, was gone. The shop was not! Somebody had to take over, and in a staff of two, he and I, reluctantly I became my only choice. It will soon be ten years that he has been gone, in July of this year, and I seem to be able to keep up, thanks to the help of our occasional part-time staff.
When I started this CRAZY CRATE business,it was to help sell a huge collection of books purchased from the family of a customer who had passed away. As her children were beginning to clean out her house prior to selling it after her passing, they found themselves with a very large quantity of genealogy books. They had no idea how to price them or sell them or who their customers might be. The price tags, still on some of the lady's books, gave the family our name, and a call to her daughter, who lived in Indianapolis, led to our meeting. I bought three crates of her books as part of a large collection they would be transferring to Indianapolis and to me, a little at a time. Over a period of over a full year, they brought more than thirty-some additional crates here and I purchased them all.
First, I sorted out what I wanted to keep for our Research Room Department, and carried the majority of the rest of them around in plastic crates because that was how the family had originally brought them to me. At the seminars where we displayed the crates, we just set them out on the tables and let people browse through them during the breaks. That worked well and the books continually delighted people who found books they had been searching for, books they didn't even know had been written, books that were now out-of-print and books they were absolutely delighted to have, mostly at bargain prices.
Helping genealogists is what we try to do around here, so this seemed to be a good thing. But we still had crate after crate left at the end of that first season. We tried eBay, but it was too much work for too little exposure, we thought at the time. The newsletter was instituted to let the libraries on our mailing list know what titles we had. We printed the newsletters at first and passed them out free at seminars we attended, so our customers could see the multitude of different titles we have here. With an inventory of over 40,000 titles, we have a variety of items that sell from 50 cents to over $200 each. After all, if you didn't have some idea of how much we have here, you would probably not make the trip to see our store, and many people do come. We have open hours at the shop of 10 to 6 in summer, spring, and fall - Monday through Saturday for both telephone customers and walk-in customers. Winter weather is unpredictable in Indiana, so we prefer that customers call us to see what the weather is like here before coming. Generally we are open in winter only from 12 to 5 because we live in the country, (although we live in the county that also has Indianapolis in it!) and it is not advisable to wander the country roads out here in the dark.
The people who picked the books up were delighted with those first catalogs and wanted to get every issue. They hoped in the next issue that came out they would find a book that would help them with their genealogical quest. Libraries, too, responded to the newsletters, and we quickly realized that this was a good thing for business. New customers responded to the newsletters, but printing them was costly since they ran from 6 to 15 pages each. The worse part was that, as the books were sold, we continued to have requests for them, and disappointed customers, for the books that had been already sold, but still appeared in the printed copies of the catalog for years to come! Some people wanted to order the books listed in that catalog for months, even years, after the catalogs were printed. That was not good! We needed some catalogs that we could edit and change as the books were sold.
A friend broached the idea of a free newsletter-catalog. Once posted on the internet, the catalog could be edited and titles could be removed as the books were sold. This sounded great to us, and has worked well for our newsletter subscribers, who get first chance at the books, and our website customers, broadly based, who get to see what our newsletter customers didn't buy the first time around.
I only had time to write one of them every few weeks back then, because I was also filling orders, ordering new stock, designing new stock, manning the phone and doing all the bookkeeping. I thought of what parts of those jobs I liked the least, and then I hired a bookkeeper and someone to wrap and ship the orders.
We had call-waiting on our telephone line at that time, but after the web site went up, soon I was answering and juggling two calls at a time. So we ordered another line, and then we hired another person to answer it, because I don't like talking to a machine any more than you do. As you know if you call, I usually answer the phone, unless you are the second caller, and then I have to let you use the Voice Mail to leave your name and telephone number. Due to the economy, we are no longer able to keep staff here at the shop for all the hours we are open. We do have Voice Mail Service, and it finally seems to be working properly, so if you call and you get that, please leave your name, phone number and what books you would like to have, and we will get back to you.
A very nice young lady, Kari Saunders, worked for us last summer, and is now working for us again. So I now have the time to do two crates a week. but some weeks have to few days in them, and some days like lately, my computer has bee giving me fits! It was eating my e-mails and it took one entire weekend to find all of them qand get them back in place. Since I use my weekends to do Tuesday's Crazy Crates, I have fallen one week behind. My apologies to you all.
My trying to keep up with me gets harder as I try to mature gracefully! I know how old, old is; and it is always twenty years older than I am right now, and I am not even 74 yet! 94 does sound getting up there, but you would never know that from the active, age 90+ people who call me on a steady basis. They are so excited by what they find! My 80 and 90 year-old-something customers are heart-warming, because 20 ears from now Donna Lynn, my great-granddaughter, will have graduated from high school with a very proud and pleased great-grandmother in the stands cheering her on to the great life I am hoping and praying she will have. Talk about anticipation keeping you young!
Plus John Palmer, our good friend from Michiana Publications, the creator of the JP Crazy Crates, helps me out by providing a crate of his special books once every few weeks. John and I met at a convention where we, with our displays, were located on one floor and the rooms where the convention and speeches were being held were on the other end of the building and also on another floor. We were each other's best customers that day and remain so today!
We work together often to get what you need to see or want to buy displayed where you want to see it, right in your own home or business. Sure beats having to get dressed up, drive downtown, park the car, walk to the library, read what you can, and then reverse the process and get you and the car back home and inside! Especially in the weather Indiana, and seemingly nearly every state has had this year! Somebody must have really made Old Man Winter really mad this year!
Preparing the crates has turned out to be a real blessing! Reading the prefaces and forewords, scanning the books and summarizing the indexes, and frankly, reading many of them, before I decide whether to keep or sell them, has been a wonderful experience. Working with so many books has broadened my knowledge in dozens of related fields, as well as genealogy. Having spent my entire working life as a teacher, learning has always been very important to me. I am still learning, and I love having someone with whom I can share what I have learned.
It is in this way, that I have much to be grateful to you, my readers. I appreciate your telephone calls looking for answers or techniques that will help you solve a puzzling problem. I love it when you call me to share with me what you learned from following a suggestion I made in the newsletter.
Have you ever noticed that when we deal with other genealogists, we often wind up with friends or relations? The very first couple that visited our shop on that very first day we opened on January 5th of 1975, found out while they were doing census work on the husband's Stapp line many years later that my great-grandmother was a sister to his great-great-grandfather. We were fifth cousins, once removed! We became great friends, and she went on to write 136 books which we now publish. Colleen Alice Ridlen and I became great friends as well as relations and business partners as well. She specialized in copying the marriage records of all Indiana marriages for which a license or a return date exists. She used the actual date on the marriage return, when she could find it available and specified any other date used as the license date. She covered 84 Indiana counties before she passed away in 2002 on Valentin's Day. We were sorry to hear that she and her husband have both passed on in the last ten years, but her books, since we purchased all rights to then, will live on being useful to genealogists as long as I own the shop.
We also became friends with Charles M. Franklin, and several years later he began doing research through us for the clients needing research in Indiana, and he was available to make the trips to the Indiana State Library and the Allen County-Fort Wayne Library, two excellent sources of Indiana Genealogical records.
In the course of a few years, he began to abstract records and write books for us. He passed away the same year Ray did, 2002, on New Year's Day, but he left behind 178 book titles we still keep in print. His most important project was the Indiana Wills Project. He and I had both found such amazing help in the wills we had found in our own research. He copied from microfilm and then went to the county records in the courthouse to gather, proof, or check the data for what was to be a three-year-long project. It was truly a great work. He gathered from all the counties of Indiana a complete listing of men and women who died leaving wills in Indiana from the beginning of the creation of those records in each county through 1880. We, Ray and I, designed and accomplished the loading of all of these into a huge computer-designed database and then published the results in two volumes. It is without a doubt, the best and most noteworthy accomplishment of our shop!
I have, also, come to appreciate how much geography has to do with where our ancestors wound up and why they moved from where they did live to a new place where they wanted to live. Most importantly, I have learned that sometimes the jurisdiction moved under these ancestors, so that it appeared they were living in a different place, but they were not. Without their having to do a single thing, pack a single box or basket, hitch up the horses, or walk a single inch, they had a new address in a new county! What a way to move from one county to another!!
The next great researcher who joined our shop's efforts was Jana Sloan Broglin. Well-known for her many contributions to Ohio Genealogy and their great Ohio Genealogical Society's wonderful seminars, which she efficiently managed several times, we quickly knew we had found a fresh, enthusiastic person to add to our staff. She came on board to take over thework on the Shoppe's biggest project ever! The Kentucky Wills Projects. The goal was to abstract, not just the testator's of wills as we did for Indiana, but to abstract the entire will and every name in it. Jana is a terrific speaker, and unfortunately for the shop, became so popular a speaker that after only 68 books, she had built a full-time business of her own, and reluctantly returned the rest of the Kentucky film she did not have time to abstract.
She, too, knew the importane of the applications for pension papers and abstracted many of Kentucky's Soldier's applications for about twenty counties before she left us.
The importance of knowing the correct jurisdiction at the correct time became apparent when my ancestors did not move, but their deeds of purchase were in the files of one county, and their deeds of sale for the same property were found in the files of another county. the county he sold it in had once been a part of the county he bought it in! Problem solved!! He didn't move, the county boundaries of his land had moved!
Tracing the genealogy of my Kentucky ancestors was further proof as their residence changed counties, but they did not move, and census records did not always make sense, until I traced the jurisdiction of the land at the various years. It appeared they had moved, but in reality, it was the county boundaries that had done the moving!
Then back into Virginia it became even more apparent that the genealogy of the county was really going to help me locate, find and copy marriage records. You cannot find the marriage record if you are looking into the records of the wrong county! Virginia has a few too many counties to look at all 100 of them, but John Vogt's Virginia county Atlas fixed that problem because he has maps showing the gradual changes in the outline of Virginia's counties. I would not be without his flow chart on Virginia county formation. Having said that, these two items are a natural for items 2 and 3 on this list, are they not?
CRAZY CRATE YOGS 87
But, first, we will do Book Number 1. There is only one way to begin your Virginia Research! Here is the first book in this set of CRAZY CRATES and the best Virginia book value on our shelves!!
If you are going to do Virginia research, and I am going to assume that search will be prior to 1850, there is one book you will definitely need: Dr. George Schweitzer's wonderful recent newest edition of his Virginia Research book, so we will start with that one and work our way down through some have-to-have Virginia books for a few crates.
CRAZY CRATE YOGS 87: BOOK 1: VIRGINIA GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH. By Dr. George Schweitzer, PhD, ScD. ©2005 NEWEST EDITION. This is a 222-page book containing 1,273 sources for tracing your Virginia ancestor along with detailed instructions for their use.
There are four chapters of essential information in this book. Chapter One gives you a brief background look at the geography and history that forms the background of genealogical knowledge.
Chapter Two gives you some handy knowledge of the thirty-five different types of records that are available in Virginia to help you with your research, where they are found, and how they can help you locate that elusive ancestor.
Chapter Three brings you up-to-date on all the many locations in which your search may be conducted from your home or in person and on site. Chapter Four gives you the research procedures that must be followed if you are going to be successful. My favorite section is a part of this last chapter. The author gives you a record rundown of each county, listing the county seat, town, zip code and much more! He gives you the date the county was formed and the county or counties from which it was formed. Then he explains which of the records you can find in that county.
He makes you aware of how the State Library of Virginia in Richmond can help you with microfilm copies or print-outs of the original records from that county. I will say, having visited there for a week lately, that the new Virginia State Library is more fun to visit and explore than to read about. The very fact that you can park in the garage, DOWNTOWN, free, look at books, microfilm, etc. all morning, eat lunch within the building, go back to search more books or microfilm, and then leave at 5:00 having accomplished so much, you will wish you could stay a week! I've done that, stayed a week, and then wished I could have stayed a month!! Copies of most of the records of Virginioa's state and counties can be found in the Virginia State Library.
Get information from Dr. Schweitzer's book about The Family History Centers from which you can also order the microfilms through the Family History Library in Salt Lake City for use in your locality.
Knowledge of the types of vital, civil and criminal (for your black sheep!) records information is available, with beginning and ending dates for each to help you plan your research strategies. They are listed here in this book. Web sites for their local libraries and the local historical or genealogical societies in Virginia are listed also. I took my copy of his book to Virginia with me and referred to it dozens or more times while I was there!
All of this comes in a lovely, neatly printed, smoothly tailored book that can go right with you to the library so you can check on the sources as you work. At the very reasonable price of $12 for this laminate-covered book, I can assure you that this is one book you will really use over and over again. P.S. Check my website for all of the other 18 helpful books Dr. George Schweitzer has written. You will be glad you did! His books, mostly $12 each, are the best value in my shop, and his f(ourteen wonderful videos of his hour long speeches in costume, live, are a real treat at$25 each). Invite some genie-buddies, plan some munchies and goodies to eat and watch him give a speech in your own home! [See the picture in which he appears in costume-Click on Dr. Schweitzer on the Main Catalog Page and see the first page of his section, and get a look at him all dressed up, and ready to explain how genealogy research can be really shifted into high gear!] Order anytime, The State books for Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. They are all $12 each, and they are always in stock here! He has written three books concerning the early wars of the U.S.-the Revolutionary War, War of 1812 and the Civil War, each priced at $9.
CRAZY CRATE YOGS 87: VIDEO 1: VIRGINIA GENEALOGY RESEARCH, Dr. George Schweitzer, One hour of Research Strategies and Tips on Finding your Parents plus a bonus video on Virginia Research together on one VHS cassette. In color. Taped live. Check the other thirteen titles on the website under Dr. Schweitzer's name on the Main Catalog Page. $25.
CRAZY CRATE YOGS 01: BOOK 2: ATLAS OF COUNTY BOUNDARY CHANGES IN VIRGINIA 1634-1895. By Michael F. Doran. ©1987 by Iberian Publishing Company, 61 pages, coverstock, 11 by 17 inches bound on the 11-inch side, brand NEW, not used. Multiple copies are available.
There is nothing in previously published works with the helpfulness and thoroughness of this series of maps. One hundred and fifty-four years of changing boundaries and jurisdictions had already taken place before the 1790 census was taken. This ATLAS fills in that gap for Virginia maps and records for those 154 most important early years before that 1790 census.
Twenty-four 11-by-17-inch maps and 26 tables, along with simple explanations, show you the movement of these county boundaries better than any text could. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a map should be worth 10,000! There are 24 maps, each with a table detailing the years and the changes made during those years.
Sample: In the years from 1721-1730, there were only a few changes. Only five counties were created, but notice how these changes would have affected your search for marriage, will, land and court records. See below:
In 1721, the counties of Hanover, King George and Spotsylvania were formed:
1.) Hanover County was formed in 1721 from New Kent County (itself formed from York County in 1654), so residents of Hanover County, after 1721, may have marriage records in New Kent County records prior to 1721 and ancestors in York County prior to 1654. Records of their parents and siblings may be in any of these counties, and their wills, marriages and deeds may be in those places, also, and to complete the search, all three jurisdictions should be checked. For their grandchildren, you may want to look in Louisa County formed from Hanover in 1742.
2.) King George was formed in 1721 from Richmond County (itself formed in 1692 along with Essex County when Rappahannock was divided and EXTINGUISHED); so records of interest to King George County researchers may also be found in Richmond County and Rappahannock County (1656-1692), which was itself formed from Lancaster County, which was itself formed in 1651 along with Westmoreland County). Their parent counties were York and Northumberland, whose parent district was the Chickacoan Indian District, which was eliminated in 1648. If you could see these maps, this would be as clear as crystal!
3.) Spotsylvania was formed in 1721 from three counties (this is the first incidence of triple donorship). The three counties were Essex, King & Queen and King William Counties. Each of the three was affected by the land and citizens given to the new county of Spotsylvania. Do you need to know this? Yes, you do! From Spotsylvania County there were more than 50 counties created later in Virginia's history. All of those share Spotsylvania County and its three parent counties as possible, even probable, sources for your ancestors' residences and records!
4.) In 1728, Caroline County was also formed with the donation of land from three counties. These three counties were: Essex, King & Queen and King William. Essex (itself created in 1692 from Rappahannock County, which was divided and extinguished when Essex County and Richmond County were created in 1692; King & Queen (itself created in 1691 from New Kent County) and King William County (itself created in 1702 from King & Queen) counties; and so those three counties grew smaller both in territory and in population as the new counties were formed. Some, like Rappahannock County, disappeared entirely as the new counties were created.
5.) Also in 1728, Goochland was created out of Henrico.
Henrico was an original shire created in 1634. The Virginia property trail may originate there.
I know this is as clear as mud when names are used in the writing, but the maps let you trace a pinpoint into each county it became a part of and the picture is clear as a bell on the maps. Plus the maps are shown directly across from the table describing the changes being made on that table.
This atlas is an essential tool for good Virginia research done by identifying what county has the records! Tracing your counties back through time is how you make sure you are climbing the right family tree. This book can help you locate records, because you now know where to look! This atlas is beautiful, well drawn and with some use of color. And it chronicles in nice small bites the very perplexing problems of research in Virginia. The book starts with the eight original shires and concludes two-and-a-half centuries later at the end of the nineteenth century with all the counties of Virginia and West Virginia drawn.
Two maps are also dedicated to the formation of counties in early Kentucky, with 9 counties -- [The Big Three] of FAYETTE, JEFFERSON and LINCOLN, created in 1780; NELSON, taken from Jefferson in 1785; BOURBON, taken from Fayette in 1786; MADISON and MERCER, both taken from Lincoln in 1786; MASON, taken from Bourbon in 1789; and WOODFORD, taken from Fayette in 1789. All were formed before statehood in 1792. You will need to know that because all of Kentucky WAS in Virginia prior to 1792!
All of them used to be Kentucky County, Virginia (1777-1780); and before that, it was Fincastle County, Virginia (1772-1777), which became extinct with the formation of Montgomery, Washington and Kentucky Counties, Virginia in 1777. Fincastle County was formed from Botetourt County in 1772 [but the existing records for Fincastle County are now in Montgomery County, Virginia]. Oh, by the way, Botetourt was formed in 1770 from land that was originally a part of Augusta County, formed in 1745, which had been a part of Orange County, formed in 1734, and before that was a part of Spotsylvania, which was formed in 1721 from Essex (see above!). [I told you, you would want to know more about Spotsylvania County!!] See what I mean by learning so much good stuff! This is useful information that will come in handy every time you pick up a new line in your Virginia ancestry. If you research the formation of counties in Virginia, you are far more likely to find your ancestors than if you just look in everything you can find. You could miss the one county you need to check most! New books. Multiple copies are available now. $28
We may be done with this issue of the newsletter, but we aren't done with the state of Virginia! Hang out with us and we are in for a merry old ride! Get the bells on your horses, hitch up the sleigh! With all this snow we have had, we should get a sleigh ride this winter yet! update! Well the snow is mostly gone, but February isn't, so more could fall anytime! Thanks for reading our newsletter! We appreciate the time it takes, but we hope yoU learn something from it tht will help you with your own family tree. PAT from YOGS
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