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Jun 9, 2010

Our listener email includes:

  • Mitch recently discovered a great video, Ken Burns' Horatio's Drive. He also wants to know if other listeners know of other movies or documentaries that are historically educational.
  • Jennifer is seeking court transcripts of a murder trial in Harford County, Maryland, and a federal trial in the Baltimore Circuit Court in 1922-1923.
  • Gary asked for information about census enumerators' instructions for listing names on censuses. George points to the Minnesota Population Center's IPUMS site at for 1850 to 1950 instructions. He also asks for information about the availability of census Enumeration District maps.
  • Jeff asks for advice about how to handle birth date discrepancies where the Kentucky records list one date and family tradition insists it is another date.
  • Richard has started his first blog at, and he has posted some photos and postcard images from La Plata, Argentina. He hopes people will see his blog and recognize locations and people shown.
  • Gus asked for guidance about the dictionary of first names that Drew spoke about in a previous episode. The book is the New American Dictionary of First Names. Please see last week's show notes for title and author details.
  • Judy responds to Drew's challenge to locate Chambers Street in the 1920 census. She also suggests that Drew check the WWI Draft Registration cards for his William H. Smith. (He did after the podcast and found some good information.)
  • Helen Shaw has published an article about the Maine Legislature's actions concerning limiting access to that state's vital records. Check this link.
  • Chris asks for advice about how common are name spelling and birth/death date errors from the 1800s and early 1900s.
  • Marily asks for help with tracing her great-great-grandfather who died in the Civil War.
  • Tim is seeking details on his great-grandfather who was orphaned in Oklahoma. He has located Dawes papers and wants suggestions on how to continue.

George reviews several books this week:

  • Genealogical Proof Standard: Building a Solid Case by Christine Rose
  • Scots-Irish Links - Part Eight by David Dobson
  • Chickasaw by Blood Enrollment Cards, 1898-1914 - Volume III - transcribed by Jeff Bowen
  • The Surnames of North West Ireland: Concise Histories of the Major Surnames of Gaelic and Planter Origin by Brian Mitchell
  • Defenders of the Plantation of Ulster, 1641-1691, compiled by Brian Mitchell