May 2013

Hi Everyone,

I need to be away for a while, so will not be posting for a bit.

Be back soon, Maggie

Have you ever used the Family Search Catalog?  Sometimes great finds are there?

Go to, and click on Catalog.  Then, type in the place name in which you are interested.

Recently, I was trying to find a will of an ancestor.   I typed “Kentucky, Oldham” in the place name space.  When the catalog of items for Oldham County appeared, one of the items was “Kentucky, Oldham – Probate records (2).”  I clicked on it, and “Will books, 1824-1917” was one of the items that appeared.  And, the item was available online!  I found my ancestor’s will and probate record!  What a find!

Not all of the items in Catalog are available online, but it is certainly worth the time to check and see!


Recently, while searching for a relative in the census, I came upon an interesting situation

The relative was boarding with a fellow worker.  The situation had to do with the fellow worker.

There was a head of the household, John.  He was married to Mary.  The “fellow worker” was Richard, and he was married to Jane.

John was listed as Head of the household, and his wife, Mary, was listed as wife.

Richard was listed as Brother-in-law, and Jane was listed as Sister-in-law.

Was Richard the brother of John’s wife, Mary, or was Richard the husband of Mary’s sister (Jane)?  Was Jane the sister of John’s wife, Mary, or was Jane the wife of Mary’s brother (Richard)?

Something to think about!