The Indian Races of North and South America

Judy added this weekend to our Native American collection online “The Indian Races of North and South America.” This manuscript provides details on various Native American tribes of America. While it comprises over 500 pages it is still not an exhaustive study of the Native American nations. An Account of the Principal Aboriginal Races; A Description of their National Customs, Mythology, and Religious Ceremonies; The History of their most Powerful Tribes, and of their Most Celebrated Chiefs and Warriors; Their Intercourse and Wars with the European Settlers; and A Great Variety of Anecdote and Description, Illustrative of Personal and National […]

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New Additions to Mississippi Genealogy

I have made several new postings to Mississippi Genealogy today: Battle of Brice’s Cross Roads, Or Tishomingo Creek, June 2nd to 12th, 1864 At the beginning of June 1864, Major General Nathan Bedford Forrest set out with his cavalry corps of about 2,000 men to enter Middle Tennessee and destroy the Nashville & Chattanooga Railroad, which was carrying men and supplies to Major General William T. Sherman in Georgia. On June 10, 1864, Forrest’s smaller Confederate force defeated a much larger Union column under Brig. General Samuel Sturgis at Brice’s Cross Roads. This brilliant tactical victory against long odds cemented

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The 1850 census for Lawrence County, Mississippi has been transcribed, and is awaiting a review by a friend before posting. The final post concerning the people in the census is left to John E. Reegan, the assistant deputy marshall who took the census. Any further posts, will pertain to stats concerning the census. An interesting side note concerning John, is that he sloppily wrote his own last name down in the census listing, thereby confusing the transcribers for MyFamily into indexing him as Jno Keegan, instead of Reegan. John is enumerated with his mother? Martha, and his brother James. The

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Berry R. Bridges

Anybody who does transcription work in the 1850 census, will be amazed at the age difference between husband and wife. Or maybe they won’t. There are still marriages today where one spouse is more then 10 years older then the other. But during the 1850’s this was very common. I found an interesting marriage in the 1850 census, which showcases the age difference. Berry R. Bridges (listed as B. R. Bridges in the 1850 census) age 45, is listed with wife, Amanda, age 17. Now I’m positive they’re married, and that Amanda isn’t just listed with Berry as column 10

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Eastern Oregon Obituaries

An ongoing project of Judy’s is the Eastern Oregon Obituary Database that we have built as a combined project at Access Genealogy and Oregon Genealogy and History. With the help of several kind volunteers, along with permission from the local paper, we have added an additional 1,000+ obituaries into the database this past couple of weeks. That brings the total to over 3400 obituaries, specific to Eastern Oregon Counties. Copyright 2006 by Genealogy Research. All Rights Reserved.

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Duplicate Pages

I have found 4 duplicate pages in Ancestry’s online version of the 1850 Lawrence County, Census images. This duplication is redundant in their online index, thereby duplicating the names of 168 Lawrence County, Mississippi residents. The affected pages are: page 62 duplicated on 66page 63 duplicated on 67page 64 duplicated on 68page 65 duplicated on 69 Pages 65 ends with household 470, while page 70 begins with household 470. There are no missing pages, only duplicated ones. Copyright 2006 by Genealogy Research. All Rights Reserved.

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Short Update

I have been away with the family enjoying a vacation in Orlando over last week, hence the lack of updates. After lot’s and lot’s of riding roller coasters with my oldest child Kristin, I am back at home, and will get back to transcribing tomorrow. I did get some transcribing done last week, and am now about 60% finished with the 1850 Lawrence County, Mississippi Census. Copyright 2006 by Genealogy Research. All Rights Reserved.

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Did Fred Have a Sex Change?

One would have to wonder if Frederick Ward had a sex change between the 1850 and 1860 census. Now of course we know he did not, but the 1850 census listing for him doesn’t help sway that idea. The following image reflects Frederick’s entry in the 1850 Lawrence County, Mississippi Census (pg 418a, line 41). As you can tell by the enumerator’s handwriting, figuring out that the name above is Fredrick, may not be obvious to most transcribers who haven’t seen the whole Lawrence County census. But this sherriff has a habit of dotting the wrong letter, and his small

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Deciphering Handwriting – Part 1

While struggling to decipher handwriting in the 1850 Lawrence County, MS census I have repeatedly came across the same first name, which I cannot accurately decipher. Ancestry’s index lists the given name as Linsey and Lenicy. Here’s how they view on the census itself: The image above clearly shows the i as the second letter. MyFamily’s transcribers have interpreted this as Linsey… but the letter before the y has consistently been written as a c through out the census. So “Linsey” is cleary incorrect. The image above is the mother of the name written below, one would think the child

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The Enumerator and Dyslexia

I’ve done many a census transcription in my times, and am amazed by this enumerators ability to mess things up. In the latest case, I find a hint of dyslexia in Deputy Marshall, John A. Reegan, enumerator of Lawrence County, MS. In the 1850 Lawrence County, Mississippi census appears the name of Live Speights (Line 24, page 411.) Now one would consider Live to be an unusual name, if one weren’t familiar with John Reegan’s dyslexia. When I came across this name, I initially felt it may have been a name given due to a troubled child-birth… perhaps the parents

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