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Newsletter Subtitle:  FOUR GREAT BOOKS
Month Day Year NOVEMBER 23, 2010





Today, I am clearing off a stack of books sitting on or around my desk, so right now I don't know exactly what titles they will be!  It is a little bit like opening presents on Christmas, you don't know what you are going to get until you get it opened!


Ancesry.com is a great place to check for your ancestor's census entries, but a great big database can also collect a great many errors, as well as the truth, so when you download ANYTHING from he internet, do it on the sheets from a ream of YELLOW paper.  The color yellow stands for caution, and that is a good thing to use with anything off the internet unless you are using and copying only the original records!


I, for one, have also found errors in original records:  birth, marriage and death certificates.  My husband's  uncle's birth certificate, filed many years ago, said his uncle was a girl!  Since that uncle wanted to join the army, back in 1942, [that was why and how he discovered the error.]  Since he didn't want to serve in the Women's Army Corp, the uncle thought he had better take his mother down to the courthouse and get that birth certificate changed, and right now, too!  He did, and served his country as many Americans did back then in World War II.

Mistakes were also made hundreds of years ago, as well as today, but we don't want to copy somebody else's mistakes into our database.  If you are even working from originals, you will find errors, some deliberate, some made on purpose by our ancestor's struggling to cover up what others would call an error in judgment on the part of one of our ancestors.  Some are just mistakes made by faulty memories, hearing loss, poor penmanship, fading ink on poor quality paper, with inattention to detail or failing eyesight.

In order to know when you are working correctly and doing this job right, you need to first read some books that will help you judge whether you are just copying materials willy-nilly, without proper care, so you don't even know if what you found is valid or not. 

After you have read a good beginner's book, to learn what the proper procedure is, I recommend that you read a different how-to book every year because we need to update our knowledge of how to collect and judge the data we find before we include it in our database, and to remind you of the proper procedure for collecting data, assembling your family tree and producing a good product.  There are hundreds of good books already written, and dozens of new ones come out every year.  There is something for you to learn in every one of them.


Good researchers build better, more reliable projects!

Here are a couple of good books you could use for 2010 or 2011 to sharpen your ability to spot anomalies and sheer fabrication or human mistakes left by our ancestors. Here are a few of them!


YOGS - CRAZY CRATE 77 BOOK 1:  THE GENEALOGICAL SOURCEBOOK:  By Sharon DeBartolo Carmack, Lowell House, ©1998  Foreword by Marsha Hoffman Rising, CG, CGL, FASG.  266 pages, 7½" by 9 ¼", heavy cardstock binding.  Some reviews stated:  From the "Library Journal":  Carmack delivers a friendly and informed guide that can help both the beginning and experienced genealogist.  From Ancestry.com, "This book encourages attention to detail, the need for a solid and practical research plan, and the careful recording and evaluation of discovered information."  Genealogy involves documented research through letters, books, periodicals, personal interviews and other records that are the rich repositories of family lore.  The author, a professional genealogist and a widely popular speaker, guides you through the most important rule of research:  start with the known [your birth certificate, school records, marriage records, newspaper articles, etc. information on yourself] and work methodically back to the past, the relative unknown [your parents, your siblings, your grandparents, etc.]  This book provides information on what you need to look for and where you will find it.  Numerous societies - genealogical, lineage, family associations and ethnic groups can be of much help in this pursuit of knowledge.  This book presents actual case history studies to demonstrate how all this research can be organized and how to overcome those dreaded "brick walls" which occasionally you will meet in the pursuit of one surname or another.  Ultimately genealogy is about finding out where and who you came from, discovering more about who you are now and leaving your own legacy for the future.  This is a complete "how-to" book on discovering your family's unique history.  PRICE: $18    


YOGS CRAZY CRATE 77 BOOK 2:  A FAMILY AFFAIR.  By Sandra MacLean Clunies, Certified Genealogist.  Amy Johnson Crow, C.G. - Series Editor, Published by the National Genealogical Society, ©2003.  227 pages, approximately, 7½" by 9¼", This book is all about How to Plan and Direct the Best Family Reunion Ever.

Networking with current relatives is a great way to assemble clues as to stories the family may know, but the newspaper, the county clerk, and even the nosy neighbors may not know.  One way to collect and validate our ancestors is to establish whether they are a family by chance or by choice.  We are biologically connected, by chance, through the centuries to many family names.  Many of us try to honor and give tribute to those who came before us in that line by learning more about them and by understanding and appreciating their contribution to ourselves.

We also have families of choice.  There are many people with whom we have established a bond through marriage, adoption or shared beliefs and values.  Their experiences, strength, and hopes enrich and nourish our lives today.  The Family Reunion is a great way to research, build on, learn more about our ancestors, and properly done, is also a healthy [if you don't sample ALL the desserts] and a happy way to keep the ties that bind a family together in both good times and bad.

This book takes you from Step One - "Why don't we get together and have a  [YOUR SURNAME] Family Reunion THIS YEAR?" to the last "Goodbye!Drive carefully! See you next year!" from a simple "pitch-in at a local park to a three-day extravaganza at a posh hotel. 

A FAMILY AFFAIR gives you all the tools you need to plan the best family reunion ever.  Resources include checklists, sample forms, Web sites for topics of special interest, and tips from others who have held successful family reunions.


YOGS - CRAZY CRATE 77: BOOK 3:  PLANTING YOU FAMILY TREE ONLINE:  How to Create Your Own Family Tree Online.  By Cyndi Howells, Creator of Cyndi's List.  Published by the Natonal Genealogical Society.  Share the story of your ancestors on your own family history Web site!  This book will take you step-by-step through the process of creating your own Web site to honor the memory of your ancestors.  This is not a technical manual! On computers or the Internet!  If you have used Cyndi's List to search for any genealogical information, you know her site is huge with over 200,000 online resources.  She has shown you how to add one more, YOURS, to the mix.  PRICE:  $20


YOGS - CRAZY CRATE 77:  BOOK 4:  KENTUCKY CONFEDERATE VETERAN AND WIDOWS PENSION INDEX.  From data compiled by Alicia Simpson, Supplementary Index by Michael Cook.  Publishd by McDowell Publication, Utica, KY.  ©1979.  95 pages, 8 ½ " by 11", laminated wrappers.  Information herein is from the index to Confederate Pension Applications, and the Inventory of Confederate Pension Applications, as compiled by Alicia Simpson, Archivist, of the Division of Archives and Records Management, Department of Library and Archives of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, with Supplemental Information Added.  Applications were made in duplicate under oath with the County Clerk on a form prescribed by the State Pension Board.  At the regular session of the County Court, the County Judge heard evidence concerning the applicant's citizenship, residence, and means of support.  Two witnesses acquainted with the applicant testified as to his identity.  Also required was an affidavit attesting the disability of the veteran signed by either two physicians, or one physician and two witnesses who had been certified by the County Judge.  The CountyAttorney could present any evidence relative to the claim.

The Confederate Pension Act established specific guidelines whch all applicants were required to meet in order to receive benefits.  These were as follows;

1.  The applicant was required to be a Confederate Army or Navy veteran who served a minimum of one year, or from the time of his enlistment until the close of the war.  This requirement was waived if he had received an honorable discharge because of injury or illness.  Widows of Confederate veterans were eligible if they had married before 1890.

2. The applicant was required to be a Kentucky resident since 1907.

3.  The veteran could not be able to earn support by manual labor, knowledge, art, or skill, and receive a pension. 

4.  The veteran could not receive a United States pension or aid from a foreign government.

5.  The applicant could not be absent from Kentucky for more than one year.

6. The applicant could not have an annual income of more than $300.

7.  The applicant could not have property valued at $2500 or more.

8.  The veteran could not receive a pension if his wife was capable of supporting him.

Thought you might be interested n this.  The pension was for $10 per month, paid quarterly.  Once a year, every pensioner was required to obtain a certificate from the County Judge showing that there had been no changes in his eligibility.  If the pensioner became a resident of the Confederate Home at Pee Wee Valley, KY, the Home notified the State Pension Board and his name was removed from the pension roll. 

Amendments were made several times.  The pension went up to $12 in 1918.  In 1928, it was raied to $20 per month.  In 1932, the pension was raised to $30 per month

The Widow's Pension Aplication required her name, residence, birthplace and birthdate, maiden name was also required as well as marriage date, place and the name of the person who married them.  The service record dates of her husband, type of discharge and the date and cause of his death as well as his name were also required.  Also the widow's income and property holdings were stated and certified by the County Judge.

1. In 1942, further revisions were made:  A veteran, and a resident of Kentucky since January 1, 1915, received a pension of $50 per month.  

2. Widows who had not remarried since the death of their husbands and who had been a resident of Kentucky since January 1, 1915, received a pension of $50 if they married prior to 1875.

3. Widows who had not remarried since the death of their husbands and who had been a resident of Kentucky since January 1, 1915, received a pension of $40 per month if they married between 1875 and 1895. 

 Widows who had not remarried since the death of their husbands and who had been a resident of Kentucky since January 1, 1915, received a pension of $30 if they married between 1895 and 1915.

In 1952 All widow's pensions were raised to $50.

Would you believe?  In 1978, they were still making pension payments to one widow for her husband's service in the Civil War! 

In this index you will find the name of the applicant, whether the veteran or his widow, the miden name of his widow, if stated; the County of Residence at date of application; date application was received; application number.  There are two lists in this book:  The men are in alphabetical order by surname and a supplemental index of the widow's married names is also given. 

In the Widow's Index, I found Mary Vertrees.  She was married to

Clinton A. Lewis and they lived in Hardin County, KY! #4552 - March 28, 1929.

I also found Christina Vantrees, the widow of Garrett Evans.  They lived in Jefferson County, KY #3682 - Filed on January 15, 1917.

 Now there are two letters I'm going to write later this week! 

 I found one man, E. J. Vertrees, his widow was Martha Richardson.  They lived in Hardin County, KY.  Filed on December 16, 1913 - #2855!

It is already past 8:00.  Names of men in the index begin on page 7 and go to page 77 with 66 lines on each page!  The index for the women's maiden names runs from page 79 to page 95 and this index is three columns per page with 69 lines in each column.  The orginals are now located at the Division of Archives and Records Management. 

Researchers interested in the Confederate Pension Program should consult the Old Auditor's's Files, an Office group housed at the Archives on Coffee Tree Road.

Buy the book! Check your names !  All for $22

P.S. With the information on these pages you can write to the Kentucky Historical Society which has 50 reels of microfilm with the originals of these applications.  There would be a fee for copying them, but I don't know how much it is currently, and it is too late to call them.


Let us all this week think of all the things we have to be thankful for during this blessed season.  To each of you, a pleasant day of Thanksgiving. 

Wouldn't the Pilgrims and Indians be amazed if they could watch all of us cooking in microwaves and frying our turkeys. 

They would see us getting in cars and pickups and trains and buses and airplanes, [What would they think about the new

scanners in our airports?]

They would watch us rushing around as we travel more miles in an hour than they could ride on a horse in a week ]

["They would really be frightened of that black and white car with the flashing red and blue lights, wouldn't they, Daddy?; 

Yes, son, and we can be deeply grateful that all he wanted was to pass us and catch someone else instead!!!",

What would they say if they saw us sitting down to a feast of food they recognized like turkey, corn, cranberries, and pumpkin.   Then they would marvel at foods they never saw and never tasted before like tomatoes [Many people thought they were poison back then!], sushi, weiner schnitzel, spaghetti, black forest cake, gelato, pizza, tacos.  I'd better quit on this one.  It is 10:30 and I haven't had supper yet!

What about wathing parades of huge balloons, then watching men play football on screens in our family rooms,

How about sleeping on thick mattresses and box springs, or keeping our food in a weird metal box that is always cold inside. 


 "Oh, Daddy, do you think they would like to try out our bathroom or the hot tub?"    "Don' go there, son!"

The Pilgrims and the Indians did the best they could with what they had to work with.  Mostly they got along or one of them wouldn't have survived, so we can be thankful for that, too, or we wouldn't get the day off on Thursday

But most of all in this country, we have some very important things for which we are all grateful - our freedoms, they are many, our responsibilities, they, too, are many.  May we recognize how blessed we are this special time of the year.


No newsletter on Friday because you are all going to be out shopping anyway!  I am going to be going away over Thanksgiving, so no time to put one together!  I will be open at 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday if you want to come and see the shop!  Regular newsletter will be out next Tuesday, November 30, 2010.  Pat


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