Forty-six people showed up at the Cooper County Public Health Center on Klinton Drive Saturday morning, March 24, to learn how to “Find Family.” The genealogy workshop was organized by the Hannah Cole chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Seven other historical societies were represented with information tables.
Tim Dollens, President, Missouri State Genealogical Society, shared his rather extensive knowledge of Heritage Quest, Tymeshia Casey talked about “Brick Wall, Using Ancestry and DNA,” and Laura Mauzey, Regent to Hannah Cole DAR finished up the morning with “Using Photobooks to Record Family History.”
With search engines, sometimes “less is more.” Using a person’s full first, middle, and last name might not find anyone. Usually the only time a full name was used was for birth, death, and military records. One should try first name and middle initial with last names. Even just initials can sometimes find what you want.
When looking for married women, one should remember that many times a woman would drop her middle name, take her maiden name as a middle name, and then use her husband’s last name as usual.
Census records became quite useful around 1850 because they listed everyone, not just the husband and wife. By 1900, they listed birth years and the state in which someone was born. Property ownership was listed along with its value. Another trick to finding records was “follow the money.” Many records were required for the buying and selling of real estate. Just knowing real estate was involved could point one in the right direction.