Civil War Registration but NO Service Records

July 15, 2013

I have blogged about this non-genealogy database management software program before. Evidentia.

Unlike those programs, it’s not about names, dates, and places, but about Sources or containers of Information.

A friend of mine gave me two pieces of paper and asked me to look up her “peeps” on Fold3.com. The print outs were from a Civil War Registration book. She wanted to know more about these to people and the Civil War. I can do this, Fold3.com here I come.

I had the Name, residence, age as of 1 July 1863, born in New York. I wanted to start with me finding the same document that she gave me. Found it, using Ancestry.com’s new search, very quickly, and there he was on line 6.

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Name: James A Wake
Residence: New York
Class: 2
Congressional District: 6th
Age on 1 July 1863: 36
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1827
Race: White
Place of Birth: New York

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It said the he was a Foreman.

The other person was similar, but 2 years younger and in different Congressional District.

I hadn’t seen this type of ledger book before, and didn’t even realize there was such a book. Very nice find. This should be easy.

Fold3.com, next stop. I tried searching for both James Wake and George Hendrickson. No luck in the Civil War Service Records, so I then used the Browse feature, working my way down the various options. Nothing. How can this be.

As an aside, I am struggling with Chapter 3 of Mastering Genealogical Proof book by Dr Thomas Jones and “Reasonably Exhaustive” Research.

Then I remembered a lesson that I heard a number of times, to understand the records you are looking for or seeing, to discover what they were created for and what might you find on that record collection. Back to Ancestry, found the record, then scrolled down to the page to the “About” collection name. Here is the link to this specific collection:

http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1666&enc=1

So, putting this collection into history, the page says in part.

About U.S., Civil War Draft Registrations Records, 1863-1865

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.

Note the date just before the AGE, 1863. Yeah, OK, but that doesn’t tell me why I didn’t find these two gentlemen in the Civil War Service collection on Fold3.com. Since I was on Ancestry.com, I looked there too. Nothing.

I did my collecting of ‘normal’ information, all sounded straight forward, BUT, there is a CLASS column. The younger one had Class 1, the older, by 2 years, had Class 2.

Back to the information about the collection.

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 younger one was 34 as of 1 July 1863 and married, the older was 36, also married. So, the classification was correct.

Maybe the reason they didn’t show up in the Service Records is that they didn’t sign up. This was only a Registration.

It appears that one was over the age limit, with the second approaching 35, and both married.

What was the question that was posed to me? Would you find the Civil War Records for these two people? We have to have a question to answer, or why would we be searching.

My current hypothesis is that they did NOT serve in the Civil War.

Did I do an “exhaustive research”, probably NO, but there are clues, for me, that they did not serve. The full step in the Genealogical Proof Standard has the word “reasonably” in front of it.

That doesn’t mean that I am not going to stop searching, but only putting that question aside for now. I don’t consider it a brick wall, but there must be a story here somewhere. It also doesn’t mean that I won’t re-ask that question as new information is found.

Why these two names, don’t appear to be related, both from New York, but that is about it. Oh, yes, my friend. There must be a connection there somewhere.

That may be a story for another blog post.

Guessing there is more, I am entering this data, from the Source Document, into Evidentia.

Source Information

Ancestry.com. U.S., Civil War Draft Registrations Records, 1863-1865 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010., accessed 12 July 2014.

Original data:

Consolidated Lists of Civil War Draft Registrations, 1863-1865. NM-65, entry 172, 620 volumes. ARC ID: 4213514. Records of the Provost Marshal General’s Bureau (Civil War), Record Group 110. National Archives, Washington D.C.

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Technical Tuesday – To Start over again ??

July 2, 2013

A topic that came up on Monday’s with Myrt was Do I start my research over? Hmmm. With all of the new “stuff” I am learning about family history research, for a moment I thought that was a good idea. Several expressed similar reactions. But with the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS), Inferential Genealogy, Evidence Explained!, Mastering Genealogical Proof, not to mention features in our genealogy database management programs and this new program Evidentia, one might think about starting over.

Now, my database is far from perfect. I didn’t know about the items just mentioned. But I did learn to cite my sources. I even thought how important that was for those who might look at my research “later”, but more so that I could answer one question, Where did you get that information from?

At some level, I was doing some of the ‘right things’, just didn’t know what I was doing. But to start over, I don’t think so.

I really want to see how “bad” my database really is, while applying the principles of this “new”, to me, steps and processes in my research before I jump to any conclusions. Where have I heard that from.

So, here is my plan.

My daughter is considering in applying to the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). In fact, she could join from a number of our ancestors and probably a couple I haven’t documented yet. The ancestor that we are going to work on, is Ann Cooper Whitall. There is a chapter in south Jersey that bears her name. But, no one has applied for membership for her in years, and has a ‘red flag’ (my term) linked to her name.

I exported the descendants of Ann Cooper, from my database, to a GEDCOM file so  that it could be imported into Evidentia. That worked well, easy to do, but Evidentia does not import sources and citations. Oh, right, it is Evidence or Source based, and I am trying to make is the ‘traditional way’ of name based. BUT, that lack of importing of my information makes total sense now that I think about it.

My Evidentia database now has a bunch of names, from Ann Cooper down to my daughter. I have my sources in my genealogy database, so I can work on each source, enter it into Evidentia, follow the steps that are included to create a “GPS” like file or profile for the people in my file.

I am NOT going to do everyone, but will concentrate on my “direct line” from Ann Cooper Whitall down to my daughter.

Since I have already spent some time figuring out how to get my Evidentia data into Family Tree Maker, my genealogy database management program, I know how I want to get the information back into the program, so I have a better documented file to submit.

Here is a link to the work that I did Evidentia and Family Tree Maker. Please remember that the Blog shows the most recent post at the top of the list. The real trick here, will be to see how merging individual people from Evidentia, back into Family Tree Maker will look at the “end of the day”. I do expect some clean up of that merge, but hopefully it will be to move some information around, from my old way of doing things, and to clean out unwanted or unneeded source material.


Evidentia–July 4th

June 18, 2013

As you may know, I use the program call Evidentia. It is a great Document or Source based program, where you start with the Source and the program provides the steps toward the Genealogical Proof Standard.

There is a link in the right column that will take you to the Evidentia website. Please use that link as the Evidentia Sales folk sent this special offer for me to let you know about.

Time for another affiliate only coupon code!

Between now and July 4th, your visitors can use the code JULY4 when checking out and save 20% on their order!
I will not be publicizing this coupon code – it is for the exclusive use of you – Evidentia Affiliates –  to offer your website visitors.

The code is active now, so invite your readers to take advantage of this great deal!

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One Brick Wall is now dust

May 30, 2013

Well OK, it’s down, but it’s still a bit dusty. I have a little clean up work to do.

Earlier this year, I was in Salt Lake City and had a chance to visit the Family History Library. I had not planned the visit, wasn’t really going to spend too much time researching, but since some other GeneaBloggers were there, I went over too.

I posted a Blog: Who is Capt John Worthingtons Father

I had hints from that trip, have talked about how I am using Evidentia to work on this brick wall: Initial Proof Report:

Today, I received a long awaited letter with source material that was behind the Pedigree Charts that I talked about in the Evidentia series. I had seen a code ITEM PR2 listed several times in the various documents I have seen over the years, but didn’t have a cross reference to what that was. Actually, I did have it in my archives, in about 500 pages of reference material.

In the Item PR2 (Parish Record #2) was this bit of information.

References  “English Parish Records: Lancashire (Salford & West Derby Hundreds), Cheshire, Flintshire” – CD produced by Ancestry.com “from parish records and similar sources” for all 1600-1615 details, “The Registers of the Cathedral Church of Manchester, 1573-1653”, Lancashire Parish Register Society (LPRS), Volume 31, for all 1616-1653 details and “International Genealogical Index” (IGI), Batches P005461 and C005462 (Baptisms 1654-1699) and Batch M005462 (Marriages 1665-1699).

CD produced by whom? I have seen that before, in fact, had blogged about it. Day One–Searching in Lancashire, England

It wasn’t the same location in England, but I wondered IF the information in Item PR2 was also online. Well it was. Here is the parish register entry for Francis Worthington and Sarah Byrom(e)’s wedding.

 

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Not stopping here, because in the notes for “Item PR2” was this.

Reference 17C, Vol 2, Item PR2: Notes by Stuart G Worthington (1) This entry is misleading and incorrect! The marriage of “Franches Worthington et Sara Byrom” actually took place at St. Mary the Virgin’s Church, Prestwich, on 15 September 1646, as shown in such church’s Marriage Register – see ITEM PR32. No doubt, the marriage was “recorded’ in Manchester, because Francis, like his parents, lived there: in ‘recording’ this union, the name Sarah Browne was was erroneously entered in the Collegiate Church’s Marriage Register instead of Sarah Byrom. This error accounts for several American websites stating that Francis married Sarah Browne. 1

This is going to be interesting. But clearly, the author of this article, Stuart G Worthington, had done his homework and has shared that with other Worthington researchers. Can’t wait to get this new information into Evidentia.

But, I still had an issue. Collegiate Church, Manchester, Lancashire, England, and the name of the church in the Ancestry.com website of St Mary, St Denys and St George, Manchester, Lancashire, England. So, I did a google search for St Mary, St Denys and St George and found this website.

http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/LAN/Manchester/Cathedral.shtml

Oh, the PR2 had about 75 Worthington Baptisms between 1600 and 1699, similar number of Marriages between 1600 and 1699 (excluding 1654-1664) and Burials between 1600 and 1653). Almost 4 pages of typed names. No wonder I couldn’t determine who Capt John’s parents were. 4 pages of Worthington’s had an event that took place in the 17th century.

In the Frederick Adams Virkus, Immigrant Ancestors2, it mentioned a brother, Samuel Worthington, that arrived with Capt John to Maryland. I have not found him or anyone close to him in the records. Still looking for that one.

 

1 Stuart G Worthington, “Register of Worthington References:  17 Century – Volume 2”, Collegiate Church, Manchester, Lancashire PR2 (31 July 2007):  p 39 – 43, English Parish Records; Lancashire (Salford & West Derby Hundreds), Cheshire, Flintshire. 15 Sep 1646 Francis Worthington / Sarah Browne (1)

2Frederick Adams Virkus, Immigrant Ancestors:  A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America before 1750  (1942; Reprinted, Baltimore:  Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1976); Page 75; Worthington, Capt. John; Family History Library, 35 North West Temple Street
Salt Lake City, Utah.


Evidentia Reference Listing

May 15, 2013

Since I am watching these instructional YouTube videos on Evidentia, I thought I would create a list of those videos. I am working through this list.

I have also listed several DearMYRTLE’s Hangouts On Air videos on YouTube. I have the blog posts here, where I have talked about Evidentia.

I am sure this list will grow, I’ll create an updated listing as required.

This order of Ed Thompson’s Evidentia videos, are sort of in the order for learning how the use this problem, and it’s the order that I am watching them. The DearMYRTLE listing will be in date order.

Evidentia Learning Videos:

Evidentia Introduction (4:57)
11/24/2012
A short presentation introducing you to the concepts around which Evidentia is built.

Evidentia a Brief Tour (16:14)
05/14/2013
16 minute walk through of the Evidentia screens. It’s not a complete tutorial, but it may show you some options you didn’t know were there, and might need in the future!

Evidentia – Getting Started – Part 1 (11:00)
05/10/2013
Introducing the Evidentia main screen and Document a Source

Evidentia – Getting Started – Part 2 (11:17)
11/24/2012
Introduces the user to the Catalogue Claims screen in Evidentia

Evidentia – Getting Started – Part 3 (8:29)
11/24/2012
Continues with the Catalogue Claims screen by introducing the user to the Attach Subject dialog box.

Evidentia – Getting Started – Part 4 (14:45)
11/24/2012
Introduces the user to the Evidence Analysis screen of Evidentia

Evidentia Template Creation (9:26)
11/24/2012
A guide to creating Templates for Evidentia Citation Manager

Evidentia – Quick Tip – Claims Mini Editor (4:32)
05/10/2013
No description available

Evidentia – Quick Tip – Analysis Editor (2:39)
05/10/2013
No description available

Evidentia – Quick Tip – Research Notes (6:10)
05/10/2013
No description available

Evidentia – QuickTip – Merging Subjects (2:50)
05/10/2013
No description available

Evidentia – Quick Tips – Import Subjects From GEDCOM (3:58)
05/10/13
No Description available

Dear MYRTLE You Tube Channel:

DearMYRTLE’s Evidentia Homework Hangout On Air (1:17:22)
02/02/2013
No description available

Evidentia Followup Hangout On Air (1:06:36)
02/06/2013
No description available

Evidentia Follow Up – Part 2 (27:45)
02/06/2013
The panel discusses Ed Thompson’s source-centric software Evidentia as it applies to genealogical research.

Evidentia – Talking with Ed (54:06)
02/06/2013
No description available

DearMYRTLE LIVE! Evidentia’s Ed Thompson @ #RootsTech 2013 (3:45)
03/22/2013
Ed Thompson
http://evidentia.ed4becky.net

Evidentia Template Creation (9:25)
11/24/2012
by Ed Thompson
A guide to creating Templates for Evidentia’s Citation Manager.

 

Genea-Blogger Jenny Lanctot has a series of Blog Posts on Evidentia

http://aremyrootsshowing.jenny-ology.com/category/evidentia/

 

This Blog postings:

 

Here is a link to the series:

https://worthy2be.wordpress.com/tag/evidentia/

Each Blog post, to date, are listed below:

Initial Proof Report
05/13/2013

Evidentia – Assigning Claim to Subject
05/13/2013

Entering first Source into Evidentia
05/12/2013

Evidentia Filename and it’s location
05/10/2013

Preparation for the Study of Mastering Genealogical Proof
05/10/2013

2013 Docu-Challenge #1: English Parish Register Marriage Entry–Part 4 REVISED
02/19/2013

2013 Docu-Challenge #1: English Parish Register Marriage Entry–Part 5 Summary Report for William Warren
02/12/2013

2013 Docu-Challenge #1: English Parish Register Marriage Entry–Part 4 Marriage Summary Conclusion
02/12/2013

2013 Docu-Challenge #1: English Parish Register Marriage Entry–Part 3 Revisit Source
02/12/2013

2013 Docu-Challenge #1: English Parish Register Marriage Entry–Part 2 First Step in Analysis
02/11/2013

2013 Docu-Challenge #1: English Parish Register Marriage Entry–Part 1 Data Entry
02/10/2013

Evidentia–Create a new Citation Template
02/03/2013

Created: 15 May 2013


Initial Proof Report

May 13, 2013

Continuing the use of Evidentia for the study of Mastering Genealogical Proof.

Previously I had identified a Source, created a Citation, documented the claims of the source, defined the quality of the source. The next step is to Evaluate the assertion’s so far.

Evidentia – Assigning Claim to Subject

As I have done in earlier posts, I reviewed the Training Video by Evidentia.

Evidentia – Getting Started – Part 4

Clicking on Analyze Evidence brings up this screen, where I selected Charles Worthington from the pull down menu. Since he only had one claim, I select that one, Birth, in this case.

What IS important on this screen, is that there are TWO required steps that need to be completed. In my example, I had done that in the earlier blog posts. One is to Classify the Source, which I did, as an Authored Work, and two, to provide the Information Quality. Again, in this case, it’s Secondary as the person presenting the information obtained the information second hand.

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The next step will be to select a Classification.

This is Indirect Evidence, to me, and my analysis is entered in the Analysis field. It’s preliminary information, but a place to start.

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Evidentia allows for Research Notes. There is an ICON, as indicated below, that will bring up the Research Notes (or To Do Lists) as reminders of what needs to be found.

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Below are two entries. On the left, is one that was already entered. Note that there is a Date, Time stamp that is automatically added by the program.

On the right, is what needs to be found, with more details of what is needed below.

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Clearly, for this example, more information is needed to draw any conclusions. However, I will start drafting a Proof Statement.

Entering and Saving the Proof Summary, there will be a Proof option available, going forward, on the Birth of Charles Worthington. The initial Proof Summary was created, the Research Notes ICON has changed color, indicating that there ARE research notes, and I put a Check Mark in the “Inconclusive” box, as a reminder that I’m not done.

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There is a report that can be generated on where this claim stands, as a Genealogical Proof Report.

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A Summary of the Findings, Itemized Research Findings, Recommendations for Continuing, and End Notes. So far, One Assertion, from One Source has been considered in evaluating this claim. Its only a start.

Below is the text version of the above report.

Note: I have copied and pasted this information, into my genealogy database program, for the Birth Fact, Source Notes for Charles Worthington.

Genealogical Proof Report for the Birth of Charles Worthington (1)

Summary of Findings

13 May 2013 – Initial conclusion is that Charles Worthington (1) was born in 1701 following the death of his father. More complete information is required

Itemized Research Findings

1 assertions from 1 sources were considered in evaluating this claim.

The Pedigree Chart MA – John Worthington (Art: M 5) (1) asserts that Charles Worthington was born in 1701 posthumously. The source reviewed was an Authored work, introducing the risk of errors in interpretation. The information is believed to be Secondary (meaning the person providing the information received that information second hand, from another person or work). The evidence supporting the claim is considered Indirect (meaning the evidence is implied, circumstantial or fails to answer the whole question).

Initial information on the Birth of Charles Worthington. Only the birth year of 1701 was provided in this source.

The source also indicates that he was born following the death of his father also in 1701.

Primary documentation is required to draw a conclusion, but it is a place to start.

Recommendations for Continuing

  • Pedigree MA only indicates the birth year of 1701, following the death of his father.
  • Pedigree MA does not include the location of his birth. It might be Anne Arundel County, Maryland as that is Residence Information provided in that source

End Notes

W Peter Pearre and Addison Worthington; 17th Century Project; , {The Knoll House, Knossington, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 8LT, }London, England, 2011.

13 May 2013
Evidentia© 2012-2013

 

Note: For the purpose of the study of Mastering Genealogical Proof, I intend on doing this type of work, on those people and facts, that will help me answer the question: Who are the parents of John Worthington (1650-1701)?


Evidentia – Assigning Claim to Subject

May 13, 2013

My previous blog post:

Entering first Source into Evidentia

As I continue to work with Evidentia, I first reviewed:

Evidentia – Getting Started – Part 3

In the previous blog post, I had an Claim for Francis Worthington and Sarah Byrom (not seen below) as parents of John Worthington. I had classified that claim as Secondary. Hovering the cursor in that 3rd column will explain to “Double-click to open Attach Subject screen”.

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Then double clicked in the Assign Subject field which will bring up this screen.

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In the Claim Type pull down menu, I select Child[ren] and selected John Worthington (2) from the menu, because I had already entered him into this database previously. If the name wasn’t there, it can be added. A note about the (2) following his name shortly. It is merely to help me to know which John Worthington I am talking about. When his name is selected, there will be a number in the “Ref No” field.

There will be a later blog post to show how this report was created, but the text in the red box is what Is important. It says “asserts that Francis Worthington and Sarah Byrom was the parents of John Worthington”.

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More on that later.

To show the Claim Type Screen, I selected the claim of Francis Worthington’s death. The pull down menu will provide a series of the “normal” facts or claims that we might find.

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Same with the Name, the pull down menu will allow us to Select the right person. Only enter an individual name one time. As before, I have a (4) by Francis. Will cover that shortly.

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In the List Manager screen is where those ID’s can be entered. Clicking on List Manager on the left will bring up the Subject Screen. On this screen is where the sex of the person can be added AND the Reference Number (Ref. No.).

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For this file, I am selecting Charles Worthington (born posthumously) in 1701 as the #1 person. His father, John, will be 2, his mother will be 3. But, in the example above, there is another Charles Worthington. He was born and died prior to Charles Worthington (1), and was the 5th Child of John and Sarah Worthington, so his Ref No is 2e. That way I can tell the difference between the two Charles’.

Charles has 5 siblings. So, I as a letter after the father’s number, or 2a. As it turns out, 2a is John Worthington, the son.

Sarah Howard remarried, so I added 3a has is Reference Number.

John Worthington (2) is my primary person, so Francis Worthington will be 2×2 or 4 and Sarah Byrom will be 4 + 1 or 5. The usual Father being double of the persons number and the Mother the father’s number plus 1.

I have chosen to add a letter following the father’s number for the children. But you may want to define your own numbering system.

As before, more details on how to generate this report will come later. But this clearly shows the difference in people and their claims, Like John Worthington (2) and John Worthington (2a).

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Below are all of the Claims that were included in that Citation.

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So, the Data has been Entered, and the Claims from the Source have been assigned to a Subject. As the Video mentions, the subject does not have to be a person. For my purposes, at least at this point, the subject will be people.


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