Wednesday, March 17, 2021

When the Indexing Fails, Change Up Your Search Parameters.

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I searched for Arthur more than once in the data set that should have contained his death certificate.  

However, the indexing was just failing.  Even just the last name and a year failed.  

And in a moment of brilliance or madness, I decided to try his given name and the death year.  I was surprised when the search engine allowed such a search, many will not allow a search unless there is a surname.  

Guess what, it was indexed/transcribed wrong.  I was glad I tried the unusual search.

Hennedy was the indexing.  Kennedy is the name.  They managed to get it right on his wife's name, just not his.  




I submitted a correction. 

I knew it was there, how to free it from the indexing horrors was the challenge.

After several attempts, I beat the system at it's own game.  

Tenacity and creativity for the win.



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Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Civil War Pension Index, It's Not All Civil War

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So, you have a Civil War Pension Index card, but, the dates of service are not those of someone serving during the Civil War??

I accessed this set from Fold3 (as part of my Ancestry dot com subscription).  

It's called:  Organization Index to Pension Files of Veterans Who Served Between 1861 and 1900.  Found here.    Part of the description page tells us:

"This publication contains index cards for pension applications of veterans who served in the U.S. Army between 1861 and 1900, including wars other than the Civil War."

I have seen a similar card for Arthur, yep, I have 2.  This one shows a stamp indicating "War with Spain".  The other card does not show that stamp.  


It never hurts to look at a data set even if you think the time frame is off kilter.  In this case I thought something was amiss.  Nope, it was just fine and yep, it was the ancestor I was researching. I came away with a new understanding of the data set.  Good stuff.


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