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Candace Wilmot
Worked at University of Illinois
Attended Ottawa Township High School
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Probably the items set aside for the widow's share.
Unexplained notations on records can create frustration for the genealogist. This 1852 estate inventory for James Kile in Mercer County, Illinois, lists typical farm property for the era. Several of the items have a cross aft...
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I'm working on a study of Dayton, Illinois, USA, a tiny village of no more than a few hundred people at any one time. I'm interested in methodology, organization - well, just about every one of your categories. I look forward to exploring this community.
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It sounds like you have a great handle on your village - thanks for sharing. You have a nice time-frame to work with.
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I started using Legacy in April 2001. What really sold me was the source clipboard. I don't remember what program I converted from in 2001 (probably PAF) but I've never been sorry I switched to Legacy.
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I agree with you +Candace Wilmot - the source clipboard (once you learn how to use it) saves so much time and effort, and cuts down on errors too.
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I decided I needed to document the family pieces I have, so that my nieces will know what all these things are and where they came from. I began doing this with a piece of purpose-built software intended for cataloging collectibles. That worked all right, but after a few years the company vanished and I needed something else. In order to avoid another vanishing solution, I went to a plain word processing document. I kept a lot of the same fields I had used in the previous set-up and made a template that I can just call up and fill in. I printed the pages out and put them in a binder. The nieces spent time looking it over the last time they were here, so I think it's working. They seemed interested.
The fields I use are a name for the item, branch of the family it's from, type of object (china, furniture, jewelry, etc), provenance, description, location in the house, date I acquired it, any associated stories, and a picture.
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great idea!  I've done something similar with larger framed pieces...I wrote the provenance of the item and a little bit about the person/people depicted in the portrait/photograph.  I wasn't sure what to do with other items that aren't framed/can't be framed.
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I used a collection of letters at the Wisconsin Historical Society that were from a woman in Vermont to her sister in Wisconsin in the mid 1800s. When I went to the Vermont Historical Society some time later, I found some of the other half of the correspondence. Much family information in both halves, but the whole was even better.
Though the focus of her article was African American research, most of what she talks about holds true for anyone's research. All of the types of records she has mentioned, I have found these in manuscript collections. Additionally I have found court records (loose, minutes and dockets), ...
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Another way to get people interested in the family stories is to make a game of it. Our family has a Christmas Eve tradition of playing a few rousing rounds of a game called Chronology. The point is to collect cards by being able to fit the event described on the card into a timeline of other events you have already collected. We made our own version. Everyone gave me lists of events and their dates and I made up a deck of cards for a game called Family Chronology. The picture shows the front and back of one of the cards. It was a big success last Christmas, although it went very slowly, as everyone wanted more details, the card only giving a few words about each.
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Great idea! Thanks for sharing it here
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About preserving our own memories - I was sorting old files and came across the letters I wrote home to family members while my husband was stationed in Germany in 1962-63. I decided to transcribe them and while doing that, I realized I had taken pictures of most of the things I was describing. So I added the appropriate pictures to each letter, printed the 50-page document, and had it spiral bound at Office Depot. It was wonderful fun to relive all the happy times, so even if no one else ever reads it, I had fun doing it. Maybe my nieces will be interested someday.
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That sounds fabulous.  I would love to receive something like that.  I am having a hard time just getting stories out of my sisters.

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I'm happily (very happily) retired.
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  • University of Illinois
    1960 - 1998
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Retired (from University of Illinois) computer programmer. Active genealogist. Descendant of a long line of midwestern farmers.
Currently living in Urbana, Illinois.
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  • Ottawa Township High School
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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