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Eight Greats on the 4th of July–Part 2

Since I include my husband’s family in the scope of my genealogy, I thought I’d write a second post about their whereabouts during the Revolutionary War in honor of the 4th of July. His great-grandparents were John Mackin (1856-1938), Dane County, Wisconsin, and Mitchell County, Iowa. John was the...

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Jessie (Sturtevant) Galt–a Leap-Year Death

2020 is a leap year. So was 1932, the year that my husband’s great-grandmother Jessie (Sturtevant) Galt died in Otranto, Mitchell County, Iowa.1 Jessie was born in Rock County, Wisconsin, on 25 September 1868.2 The adopted daughter of Joel Sturtevant and his wife Sarah (Chapman) Sturtevant of Cooksville, she...

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The Case of the Disappearing Daughters, Part 3

In Part 1 and Part 2 of this post, I talked about my search for the daughters of James M. Galt James M. Galt (1849-1939). Part 1 showed how the probate record of the girls’ maternal grandfather David West (1823-1898) provided key information that allowed me to complete the...

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The Case of the Disappearing Daughters, Part 2

In Part 1 of this post, I described my search for the daughters of James M. Galt (1849-1939) and showed how the probate record of the girls’ maternal grandfather David West (1823-1898) provided key information about their married names and whereabouts, information that enabled me to trace all but...

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The Case of the Disappearing Daughters, Part 1

Several years ago I developed a talk called “Grandpa’s Probate Solves the Case of the Disappearing Daughters,” based on what I learned from the probate records of David West (1823-1898).1 The talk illustrates several methodological principles relating to reasonably exhaustive research–researching as completely as possible the records of an...

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