Category «Research»

In One Place Only

There are still records that exist only in their original form. They have not been transcribed. They have not been microfilmed. They have not been digitized.

Local records frequently fall into this category of being available “only in the original location,” but there are others as well. While it is realized that not everyone can travel to remote places to perform research, at least be aware that there may be more material out there.

© Michael John Neill, “Genealogy Tip of the Day,” http://genealogytipoftheday.blogspot.com, 10 Nov 2012.

Tennessee Place Names and Post Offices

Those with Tennessee connections may wish to check out this database on the Tennessee State Library and Archives website http://www.tn.gov/tsla/history/places/postoff.htm.

The list is based on records at National Archives listing postmaster appointments from 1832 to 1971 (and was taken from National Archives microfilm publications M1131 and M841).

© Michael John Neill, “Genealogy Tip of the Day,” http://genealogytipoftheday.blogspot.com, 20-April-2012.

SSDI Entries Not Always Precise

Remember that not all entries in the SSDI are created equally. My grandfather’s SSDI entry only indicates a year and month of death.

Consequently if I enter his date of death-7 December 1968 in the search box, he will not be located as the “7” is not one of the fields in his entry.

Always consider making your searches less specific and keep in mind the reality of how many matches you are going to get. There won’t be many Cecil Neills in the database to begin with. A death year of 1968 is most likely precise enough.

© Michael John Neill, “Genealogy Tip of the Day,” http://genealogytipoftheday.blogspot.com, 7-December-2011.

A Different Take on the Social Security Master Death File

This website has the Social Security Master Death File in a slightly different format. You can click on the year, then click on the day of the month and it will pull up a list (give it some time) of everyone in the Social Security Master Death File who was born on that date.

Of course the Master Death File is not perfect but this is an interesting way to search it.

Go here: http://www.ssdmf.info/

scroll down to the years and choose your year. Then choose the date within that year. I easily got a list of everyone in the Social Security Master Death File born on 27 January 1917.

© Michael John Neill, “Genealogy Tip of the Day,” http://genealogytipoftheday.blogspot.com, 15-April-2012.