Category «Research»

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

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,”, 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,”, 7-December-2011.

Was Grandma A Native Born Alien?

In the United States, during the time before the Cable Act, a native born American woman would lose her citizenship status if she married a man who was an alien. This explains why the 1920 census for my children’s great-great-grandmother indicated she was an alien even though she was born in New York State. Her husband was an unnaturalized Greek immigrant.

Did your female ancestor lose her citizenship because her husband was an alien?

© Michael John Neill, “Genealogy Tip of the Day,”, 9- May-2012.