The group has picked some fantastic topics. I will be presenting:
“Census Hurdles: How to Jump Over or Go Around”
“From Deeds to Dirt: Case Studies in Analyzing Research with Maps”
“Cluster Research and the Fan Principle: Finding Your Ancestors through their Friends, Associates, and Neighbors”
“The Heart of it All: Migration Research Methods”
This seminar will begin with some foundational research record sets and methodology (censuses and maps), and then build on those lectures in the afternoon with two methodology lectures. The “Cluster Research” lecture will explain the FAN Club principle (thank you Elizabeth Shown Mills) and demonstrate some of the best methods for identifying your ancestors’ FAN club. The second, “The Heart of it All” will bring together all of the records, techniques and methodologies from the day into a final case study on determining one family’s migration route and their reason for moving.
I’m looking forward to this opportunity and I hope to see some of you there!
After reviewing the census and getting at least a beginning framework for the families I’m researching, I like to turn to land records and maps. This allows me to put the people in a physical location, and in relation to each other.
Illinois is a public land state meaning their lands were surveyed using the rectangular system. For my search I used two online databases to help locate the Scroggins and Dimick families:
These two databases seem to index the same information, however, you may find that one site is easier to use than the other. The GLO site has the advantage of having maps and original documents attached to the entries. Regardless of which site you use, always use the information to locate your research subjects on a map.
Beginning with the GLO records I found several Scroggins entries in Hardin County, Illinois.
The area in green is where Sanders Scroggins 1855 land is located. (This map can be obtained at the GLO database site.)
I won’t bore you with all of the maps for all of the land transactions described above, but take a look for yourself if you wish. The GLO database is a rich treasure chest of information. You can find the original land patents and maps showing their locations.
The Illinois State Archives has an index of their Public Domain Land Sales. When searching for “Scroggins” I found the following entries:
Often a capitalized “S” can look like a capitalized “L” so I am willing to bet that all of those “Landers” Scroggins are really Sanders’ land purchases. The Illinois Archive does not have digitized copies of the originals, instead you will get a transcription.
The next post will discuss the Dimick family’s entries and how the two families relate to each other on a map.