Mastering Genealogical Proof – Case Study – Step 1

Step 1: Source Citations (case study)

A few weeks ago, a friend of mine gave me a piece of paper, as she wanted me to look up her Civil War ancestor. She didn’t have a lot of detail, only this sheet of paper.

CWDraftRegistration-Wake_JamesA-p1

The citation page was attached:

 CWDraftRegistration-Wake_JamesA-p2

I had not seen this type of record before, but my first place to look was to go to Fold3.com to see if there was a Civil War Record. I searched and browsed based on the information in these two pieces of information. Nothing was found.

Since this image came from Ancestry.com, I wanted to locate it and “see for myself”. Found it quickly, but I wanted to know more about this collection.

I went to “About U.S., Civil War Draft Registrations Records, 1863-1865” to see what it might tell me. (Ancestry.com Operations 2010)

This is a collection of lists of Civil War Draft Registrations. There were four drafts between 1863 and 1865, which included 3.175 million records. Historically, the 1863 draft was one of the most tenuous moments in the Union outside of the battles fought on Northern soil. Most of the concern was due to the draft riots that took place in New York in 1863.

These records include 631 volumes of registries and are basically lists of individuals who registered for the draft. The records are split into two different classes, Class I are those aged 20-35 as well as those 36-45 and unmarried. Class II is everyone else that registered.

The registry contains information including:

  • Class
  • Congressional district
  • County
  • State
  • Residence
  • Name
  • Age on July 1, 1863
  • Race
  • Profession
  • Married status
  • Birthplace
  • Former military service
  • Remarks

The actual draft registration records are available in NARA regional archives and sometimes contain more information than the consolidated lists.

In the case of James A Wake, he was listed in Schedule II of the Consolidated List, on page 201.

Looks like I better start a project on this person. As I have learned through the study of Mastering Genealogical Proof (Jones 2013), I need to craft a Question, actually, I will create a couple of questions:

  1. Did James A Wake serve in the Civil War?
  2. Can I place him into a family?
  3. How is James A Wake related to the person who gave me this paper?

I am going to use the software program, Evidentia to help build my case for these three questions.

Here is what I suggested earlier, for my process.

clip_image004_thumb.jpgFor this case study, I am going to start with what I know, based on the source listed above.

I will create a Source Template for this image, as there wasn’t one provided, based on Evidence Explained, page 555 (Mills 2007).

That is difficult to read, but here is what I looks like, with I generate a report in Evidentia.

Evidentia

Claims by Source

CW Draft Registartions Records

Prepared 27 Jul 2013 by Russ Worthington

Below you will find the claims you have documented for the selected source.

Source Listing: U.S. Civil War Draft Registration Records, 1863-1865 Digital Image Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010, http://www.ancestry.com, 26 July 2013 ARC identifier: 4213415; Archive Volume Number: 3 of 6, Record Group: 10, NARA; Washington, D.C.; Consolidated Lists of Civil War Draft Registration Records (Provost Marshal Generals Bureau Consolidated Enrollment Lists, 1863-1865 (Civil War Union Draft Records)

First Reference: “Archival Research Catalog (ARC),” digital image, Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010, http://www.ancestry.com, accessed 27 July 2013, ARC identifier: 4213415; Archive Volume Number: 3 of 6, Record Group: 10 citing NARA; Washington, D.C.; Consolidated Lists of Civil War Draft Registration Records (Provost marshal Generals Bureau Consolidated Enrollment Lists, 1863-1865 (Civil War Union Draft Records)

I then entered the information from this image, as Claims in Evidentia.

Here is what I read this source to claim:

Civil War – Draft Registration Records 1863 – 1865

  • James A Wake appeared in the 6th Congressional District Registration record in New York
  • James A Wake reported his residence to be Christopher Street
  • James A Wake is 36 years as of 1 July 1863 and was born about 1827
  • James A Wake reported marriage status to be Married
  • James A Wake reported his occupation to be a Foreman at the time of registration 1863
  • James A Wake reported Place of Birth to be New York
  • James A Wake reported no former military service

This was entered as individual claims into Evidentia, which now looks like this.

Now the Claims are linked to a Subject.

{Registered}              James A Wake

{Residence}              James A Wake

{Birth}                       James A Wake

{Marriage Status}      James A Wake

{Occupation}            James A Wake

{Birth}                      James A Wake

{Military}                  James A Wake

The Claims based on the Source Report now looks like this.

Below you will find the claims you have documented for the selected source.

Source Listing: U.S. Civil War Draft Registration Records, 1863-1865 Digital Image Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010, http://www.ancestry.com, 26 July 2013 ARC Idenifier: 4213415; Archive Volume Number: 3 of 6, Record Group: 10, NARA; Washington, D.C.; Consolidated Lists of Civil War Draft Registration Records (Provost Marshal Generals Bureau Consolidated Enrollment Lists, 1863-1865 (Civil War Union Draft Records)

First Reference: “Archival Research Catalog (ARC),” digital image, Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010, http://www.ancestry.com, accessed 27 July 2013, ARC Idenifier: 4213415; Archive Volume Number: 3 of 6, Record Group: 10 citing NARA; Washington, D.C.; Consolidated Lists of Civil War Draft Registration Records (Povost marshal Generals Bureau Consolidated Enrollment Lists, 1863-1865 (Civil War Union Draft Records)

This reference asserts that:

  • James A Wake appeared in the 6th Congressional District Registration record in New York.
  • James A Wake reported his residence to be Christopher Street.
  • James A Wake is 36 years as of 1 July 1863 and was born about 1827.
  • James A Wake reported his occupation to be a Foreman at the time of registration 1863.
  • James A Wake reported Place of Birth to be New York.
  • James A Wake reported no former military service.
  • James A Wake reported marriage status to be Married.

So far, none of the questions can be answered. A negative source entry will be entered on the Name, James A Wake, as not being found in Fold3.com by Searching and Browsing.

Since there is only one Source entered so far, AND we haven’t reviewed Chapter 5 of Mastering Genealogical Proof (Jones 2013). I will do some searching for US Census, as we know at this point, that James A Wake was born about 1827 in New York, and was still in New York in 1863 when he registered with the 6th Congressional District.

At this point, I am only reporting and entered into Evidentia, this one Source information. Not enough information to evaluate, and am not even sure that it’s the right person. Basing the “right person” from the person who gave me the information.

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2 Responses to Mastering Genealogical Proof – Case Study – Step 1

  1. Val Sanford says:

    Reblogged this on Suitcase Full of Memories and commented:
    I just came home from a week at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh. My friend, blog-owner of Ascending the Stairs, was taking the Genealogical Proof Standard class. I learned a lot from her and seeing how Worthington put together the case study here was really helpful.

    • Russ Worthington says:

      Val,

      One of these days, I’ll get to GRIP. Heard lots of great things going on out there.

      Good luck,

      Russ

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