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New "Member Friday" Webinar - Sharecropping Contracts, Chattel Mortgages and Trust Deeds by J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA

New "Member Friday" Webinar - Sharecropping Contracts, Chattel Mortgages and Trust Deeds by J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA

Every Friday we're pleased to offer Legacy Family Tree Webinar subscribers a new bonus webinar just for them!   This Friday enjoy "Sharecropping Contracts, Chattel Mortgages and Trust Deeds" by J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA. If you're not a member, remember the webinar previews are always free.

Sharecropping Contracts, Chattel Mortgages and Trust Deeds

Since land is the key in many ancestral discoveries, tracking those individuals who did not own land often becomes a daunting task. Learn to use Trust Deed Chattels and Tax Release Books to help locate those individuals without deeds and estates. Locate sharecroppers and the land owners for whom they worked.

Sharecropping Contracts, Chattel Mortgages and Trust Deeds by J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA


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About the Presenter

 

J. Mark LoweJ. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA is a full-time professional genealogist, author, and lecturer. While sharing personal experiences that help beginning and experienced researchers gain new skills and insights for research, he specializes in original records and manuscripts throughout the South. Mark lives in Robertson County, Tennessee that lies in northern Middle Tennessee along the Kentucky border.

Lowe also serves as the Course Coordinator for 'Research in the South' at  IGHR (Samford University), for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG)  and is Director of the Regional In-depth Genealogical Studies Alliance (RIGS Alliance), learning sessions and hands-on research focusing on original documents and manuscripts at regional archives. Mark has worked on several genealogical television series including African American Lives 2Who Do You Think You Are? and UnXplained Events.

Mark has published in the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly (APGQ)National Genealogical Society Quarterly (NGSQ), the Genealogical Speakers' Guild SPEAK!The Longhunter (So. Ky. Genealogical Society), The Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society Quarterlyand other local society publications. His own publications include Robertson County Tennessee Marriage Book 2 1859-1873. He formerly was the President of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), President for the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS), and Vice President of the Genealogical Speakers Guild (GSG). He is the former President of the Southern Kentucky Genealogical Society. Mark is a Certified Genealogist and a Fellow of the Utah Genealogical Society, and was awarded the Graham T. Smallwood award by the Association of Professional Genealogists.

See all the webinars by Mark Lowe in the Legacy library.

 
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Tracking Your Digital Breadcrumbs: Bookmarks, Toolbars, Notes, and Other Applications - free webinar by Cyndi Ingle now online for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar, "Tracking Your Digital Breadcrumbs: Bookmarks, Toolbars, Notes, and Other Applications” by Cyndi Ingle is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

Clicking links means you can start off on a web site for one specific topic and end up dozens of web sites away on many different topics. It’s easy to get lost and lose focus on what you were trying to find in the first place. And with so many web sites to use in your research, how do you keep track of them all? How do you organize what you use regularly? How can you get back to a site at some point in the future? We have several ways to help you gain control of your digital bread crumbs.
 
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If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 1 hour 28 minute recording of "Tracking Your Digital Breadcrumbs: Bookmarks, Toolbars, Notes, and Other Applications" is now available to view in our webinar library for free for a limited time. 

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Using Another Library Source: the Government Document Section 6/18/2019

Patricia Stamm, CG, CGL

Researching in New Mexico 6/19/2019

Henrietta Martinez Christmas

Hidden content treasures you might have missed at MyHeritage 6/25/2019

Mike Mansfield

A Month's Worth of Must-Have Tech Tips To Start Using Today 6/26/2019

Gena Philibert-Ortega

5 Steps to Becoming a Good Ancestor 6/28/2019

Marian Pierre-Louis

Remedies for Copy & Paste Genealogy 7/2/2019

Cyndi Ingle

Lesser Used Records for Research in the Netherlands 7/16/2019

Yvette Hoitink, CG

Finding Families in New Zealand 8/6/2019

Fiona Brooker

Ten Tools for Genealogical Writing 8/20/2019

Harold Henderson, CG

Are you Lost? Using Maps, Gazetteers and Directories for British Isles Research 9/3/2019

Paul Milner

Civil Law Concepts and Genealogy 9/17/2019

Claire Bettag, CG

The Stories Behind the Segments 10/1/2019

Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D.

Civil Law Records in Genealogical Research: Notarial Records 10/15/2019

Claire Bettag, CG

Trove: An Australian and Beyond Genealogical Treasure 11/5/2019

Helen Smith

Native American Research: Things You May Not Know 11/19/2019

Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA

Buried Treasures: What's in the English Parish Chest 12/3/2019

Paul Milner

Marriages Here, There, and Nowhere: Finding Gretna Greens and Borders 12/17/2019

J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA

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MyHeritage Mobile App: New Features - free webinar now online

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The recording of today's webinar, "MyHeritage Mobile App: New Features” by MyHeritage's Guy Tsype is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

Check out the new features and improvements to the MyHeritage mobile app.
 
View the Recording at FamilyTreeWebinars.com

If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 47 minute recording of "MyHeritage Mobile App: New Features" is now available to view in our webinar library for free for a limited time. 

Webinar Memberships/Subscriptions

Webinar Members get:

  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 937 classes, 1,207 hours of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 4,161 pages)
  • On-demand access to the live webinars' chat logs
  • 5% off all products at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com (must be logged in at checkout)
  • Access to all future recordings for the duration of their membership
  • Chance for a members-only door prize during each live webinar
  • Access to register for bonus members-only webinars
  • Ability to view which webinars you are registered for
  • Use of the playlist, resume watching, and jump-to features

Introductory pricing:

  • Annual membership: $49.95/year

Click here to subscribe.

Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

Initiation à MyHeritage ADN (French) 6/12/2019

Marie Cappart

Tracking Your Digital Bread Crumbs: Bookmarks, Toolbars, Notes, and Other Applications 6/12/2019

Cyndi Ingle

Using Another Library Source: the Government Document Section 6/18/2019

Patricia Stamm, CG, CGL

Researching in New Mexico 6/19/2019

Henrietta Martinez Christmas

Hidden content treasures you might have missed at MyHeritage 6/25/2019

Mike Mansfield

A Month's Worth of Must-Have Tech Tips To Start Using Today 6/26/2019

Gena Philibert-Ortega

5 Steps to Becoming a Good Ancestor 6/28/2019

Marian Pierre-Louis

Remedies for Copy & Paste Genealogy 7/2/2019

Cyndi Ingle

Lesser Used Records for Research in the Netherlands 7/16/2019

Yvette Hoitink, CG

Finding Families in New Zealand 8/6/2019

Fiona Brooker

Ten Tools for Genealogical Writing 8/20/2019

Harold Henderson, CG

Are you Lost? Using Maps, Gazetteers and Directories for British Isles Research 9/3/2019

Paul Milner

Civil Law Concepts and Genealogy 9/17/2019

Claire Bettag, CG

The Stories Behind the Segments 10/1/2019

Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D.

Civil Law Records in Genealogical Research: Notarial Records 10/15/2019

Claire Bettag, CG

Trove: An Australian and Beyond Genealogical Treasure 11/5/2019

Helen Smith

Native American Research: Things You May Not Know 11/19/2019

Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA

Buried Treasures: What's in the English Parish Chest 12/3/2019

Paul Milner

Marriages Here, There, and Nowhere: Finding Gretna Greens and Borders 12/17/2019

J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA

Print the 2019 webinar brochure here.

See you online!


Register for Webinar Wednesday - Tracking Your Digital Breadcrumbs: Bookmarks, Toolbars, Notes, and Other Applications by Cyndi Ingle

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Clicking links means you can start off on a web site for one specific topic and end up dozens of web sites away on many different topics. It’s easy to get lost and lose focus on what you were trying to find in the first place. And with so many web sites to use in your research, how do you keep track of them all? How do you organize what you use regularly? How can you get back to a site at some point in the future? We have several ways to help you gain control of your digital bread crumbs.
 
Join us and Cyndislist.com's Cyndi Ingle for the live webinar Wednesday, June 12, 2019. Register today to reserve your virtual seat. Registration is free but space is limited to the first 1,000 people to join that day. When you join, if you receive a message that the webinar is full, you know we've reached the 1,000 limit, so we invite you to view the recording which should be published to the webinar archives within an hour or two of the event's conclusion. 

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About the presenter

CyndiIngle-144x144Cyndi is the creator, owner and "webmaster" of the award-winning web site Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet, www.CyndisList.com, a categorized index to more than 335,000 online resources. In its first three years, Cyndi's List was three times voted the best genealogy site on the World Wide Web. It helps millions of visitors worldwide each month and has been featured in the media and diverse publications, including ABC News, NBC News, USA Today, Time, Newsweek, Parade Magazine, Wired, Family Tree Magazine, Family Chronicle, and Internet Genealogy magazines. Cyndi has been interviewed for many television and radio broadcasts including ABC News, NBC News, the BBC, and National Public Radio. She has also participated in the Ancestors II television series on PBS. Cyndi, a genealogist for more than 35 years, is a past-member of the board of directors for the National Genealogical Society. Cyndi is an internationally known guest lecturer for various genealogical society meetings and seminars (http://www.CyndisList.com/speaking-calendar/). She has lectured for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, GENTECH, Brigham Young University, the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the National Genealogical Society, the Washington Library Association, the Florida Library Association, the American Library Association and numerous local genealogical societies in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Cyndi has authored numerous articles and three books. Before her life on the Internet, Cyndi worked as an international banker specializing in foreign exchange and computer networks. Cyndi, her son, Evan, and three Boston Terriers live in Edgewood, Washington.

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Tuesday's Tip - Options: General Settings (Beginner)

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Tuesday's Tips provide brief how-to's to help you learn to use the Legacy Family Tree software with new tricks and techniques.

Options: General Settings (Beginner)

In Customize Legacy we went over some general information about the Options menu. Today we are going to look at the specific options in Options > Customize > 1. General Settings.

1.1 Program Startup (gbl)

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This controls what happens when you start Legacy. The Splash Screen is simply the Legacy logo that displays until the file has been fully loaded. It lets you know that something is happening.

The Starting View is which view Legacy will open to. This is a simple drop down box where you can choose. Since I normally work off of the Family View that is how I have mine set.

Family View

 

1.2 Starting Family File
If you have more than one file you need to tell Legacy which one you want it to open when you start up the program. You have three choices. You can see that I have mine set so that it automatically opens the last file I was working with. You can tell Legacy to prompt you with a list of files to choose from each time you open the program. Or, you can tell Legacy to always open a specific file.

1.2 Starting Family File (gbl)
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If I click the down arrow next to Always open this file you can see that I have 3 files to choose from plus an "Other Files" folder that has a lot more. It will always open up to the folder that you have set as your default (another setting we will be getting to!)

Michele's Files
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1.3 Starting Family (gbl)
So far I have told Legacy which file I want to automatically open and I have told it which View I prefer. Now I am going to tell Legacy which PERSON I want it to open to. You can see that I have it set so Legacy will go back to where I left off.

1.3 Starting Family (gbl)
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Some people prefer to start off with a specific couple each time, usually yourself. If you choose to Display Preferred startup family you still need to tell Legacy who that startup family is.  You do this on the main ribbon at Options > Set Startup Family. When you click this icon you will be given two options. You can use the current couple on your screen or you can select from the Name List.

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1.4 Starting Ribbon Tab (gbl)
There might be one toolbar that you use more than the others so you will probably want it to be the default starting toolbar. You can see that I have chosen My Toolbar which I have customized to have the icons I use most. You can also select Start with ribbon minimized which will give you more screen space for the family information that is being displayed. I like having the ribbon displayed so I don't have this checked.

1.4 Starting Ribbon Tab (gbl)
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1.5 Tagging Options (gbl)
This is where you turn Tagging on or off. Tagging is VERY important to me so you can see that I have Tagging turned on.

1.5 Tagging Options (gbl)
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You can specify which Tags you want to display on the Name/Search Lists. I have it set to show all 9 Tags. When you click Tags to Show on Name List you get this dialog box. You can show all 9 Tags or show only 3 tags. If you choose 3 you can tell Legacy which 3 you want to see.

Select Tags to Show
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1.6 Show Popup ToolTips (gbl)

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There are two different kinds of popup tips. You will see these when you mouse over something. Tooltips popup on Legacy features to give you a hint about that feature and Quick Name Lists pop up when you hover over a person's name. Here is an example of each. The first is an example of a Tooltip and the second is an example of a Quick Name List.

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Quick Name List
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I have ToolTips turned off because I don't need them but I have Quick Name Lists turned on because this is a great shortcut so that you don't have to click on another screen for the information.

 

1.7 Popup Information Boxes (gbl)
This option goes along with Option 1.6. 1.7 controls HOW these boxes pop up. I have mine set to pop up simply by hovering the mouse cursor over the spot where I want more info and it will pop up after 1/2 of a second.

1.7 Popup Information Boxes (gbl)
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1.8 FamilySearch (ff)
Checking this box turns on the syncing arrows that you see on the Family View and the Pedigree View.

1.8 FamilySearch (ff)
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If you have this turned off you will still have access to all of the other FamilySearch tools. Here is what it looks like on the Family View. Since both of my arrows are green this person is in sync. For more information about how to work with FamilySearch please see our FamilySearch Training.

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1.9 LDS (ff)

If you are a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and you do Ordinance work for your ancestors, you will want to turn this on. I am not a member of the LDS Church so I don't have it checked.

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If you click the Set LDS Options button you can customize how things are displayed on your screens.

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We have covered every option under 1. General Settings. Next time we will go through 2. Data Entry.

 

Find tech tips every day in the Facebook Legacy User Group. The group is free and is available to anyone with a Facebook account.

For video tech tips check out the Legacy Quick Tips page.  These short videos will make it easy for you to learn all sort of fun and interesting ways to look at your genealogy research.

Michele Simmons Lewis, CG® is part of the Legacy Family Tree team at MyHeritage. She handles the enhancement suggestions that come in from our users as well as writing for Legacy News. You can usually find her hanging out on the Legacy User Group Facebook page answering questions and posting tips.


Complete 12-part Scottish genealogy webinar series now online

New 12-part Scotland Series

Legacy Family Tree Webinars is pleased to announce a new 12-part Scottish genealogy series by one of Scotland's most prominent genealogists, Dr. Bruce Durie. The course takes you through the critical aspects of Scottish genealogy. For those with Scottish ancestry, this in-depth course is essential. 

The remaining six webinars in the series have just been released. You can watch Foundations of Scottish Genealogy 7 of 12: Using ScotlandsPlaces for People in Land and Tax Records for free through June 12, 2019. The remaining classes are available through membership in Legacy Family Tree Webinars.

Foundations of Scottish Genealogy

1. Scottish genealogy – Everything you need is at ScotlandsPeople, ScotlandsPlaces and the NationalLibrary of Scotland

2. Who Are The Scots? – History, Anthropology, DNA

3. Using ScotlandsPeople for Scottish censuses – 1841 and before to 1911

4. Using ScotlandsPeople for pre-1855 Old Parish Record – Baptisms, Marriages, Burials

5. Using ScotlandsPeople for post-1855 Statutory Records – Births, Marriages, Deaths

6. Scotland has no Probate – Wills and Testaments, Land Inheritance back to 1544

7. Using ScotlandsPlaces for People in Land and Tax Records etc., Maps, Gazetteers - (Free through 12 June 2019)

8. Numbers, Dates, Calendars, Money and Measure in Scotland

9. Scots Heraldry and Coats of Arms

10. Other Scottish Records and Sources – NRS, NRAS, SCAN

11. Myths, Stories and Pitfalls in Scottish Genealogy

12. Emigration from Scotland

 

About the Presenter

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Dr. Bruce Durie is considered one of Scotland's top genealogists, with an international reputation. He is perhaps best known for his eight-year BBC radio series, “Digging Up Your Roots” and “A House with A Past”, and he has authored over 30 books, including the best-selling “Scottish Genealogy” now in its 4th edition. His background is in medicine and neuropharmacology, as well as holding a doctoral degree in history and education.
 
Bruce founded, delivered and ran the much-acclaimed Postgraduate Program in Genealogical Studies at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, including a full-time, online, one-year Masters Genealogical Studies programme. He now teaches courses on Genealogy, Documents and Heraldry as a Teaching Fellow at the University of Edinburgh.
 
He is well known for speaking, lecturing and presenting workshops on various aspects of Scottish genealogy, heraldry, history and culture worldwide but particularly in the UK, USA and Canada.
 
His latest book is "Your Scottish-American Ancestry" and forthcoming are:
  • "Celt-ish: Uncovering the Great 'Celtic' Conspiracy" (The History Press, late 2019/early 2020)
  • “The American Declaration of Independence and the Declaration of Arbroath” (early 2020)

(see www.brucedurie.co.uk/books.html)

Other honours and awards:

  • Shennachie (Genealogist and Historian) to the Chief of Durie
  • Elected to the prestigious Académie Internationale de Généalogie (the only member from Scotland)
  • Recently appointed Chartered Biologist (CBiol) by the Royal Biological Society for his work on the public understanding of Genetic Genealogy
  • Founding Member of the Register of Qualified Genealogists (www.qualifiedgenealogists.org)
  • Founding Member of the Editorial Board of two scholarly, peer-reviewed journals, Genealogy (www.mdpi.com/journal/genealogy) and The Journal of Genealogy and Family History (www.qualifiedgenealogists.org/ojs)
  • Fulbright Senior Scottish Studies Scholar 2016, spending eight months researching “Scottish Migration into Colonial America” at St Andrews University, Laurinburg, North Carolina, USA
  • Right of Audience at the Court of the Lord Lyon

More info at: www.brucedurie.co.uk

 
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Register for Tuesday's MyHeritage webinar: MyHeritage Mobile App: New Features by Guy Tsype

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Check out the new features and improvements to the MyHeritage mobile app.
 
Join us and MyHeritage's Guy Tsype for the live webinar Tuesday, June 11, 2019. Register today to reserve your virtual seat. Registration is free but space is limited to the first 1,000 people to join that day. When you join, if you receive a message that the webinar is full, you know we've reached the 1,000 limit, so we invite you to view the recording which should be published to the webinar archives within an hour or two of the event's conclusion. 

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GuyTsype-144x144Guy Tsype is responsible for the MyHeritage iOS and Android apps. He leads a talented team that includes developers, QA engineers, and a designer to give MyHeritage users the best experience on their mobile devices. He comes from the MyHeritage R&D department where he served as a Release Manager for the Mobile Team.

 

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  8. Listen via headset (USB headsets work best), your computer speakers, or by phone. 

We look forward to seeing you all there!


Finding Genealogy Clues in Coroner’s Records

Did your ancestor meet a tragic or untimely death? Perhaps you tracked down his or her death certificate and it included a notation about an autopsy, and/or a medical certificate of death, with the signature of a coroner or medical examiner.

Death certificates are staples of genealogy research, but many times there is more to the story. Coroners investigated all types of unexplained deaths from drug overdoses to drownings, mishaps to murders, making their records useful for learning more about an ancestor.

A coroner is a public official whose primary function is to investigate by inquest any death thought to be of other than natural causes or occur under unusual circumstances. Sometimes an elected position, the Office of the Coroner dates back to the Anglo-Saxon Common Law system of government, making it the oldest administrative office. This is sometimes an elected position, and the individual may not have a medical background. The powers and responsibilities have changed over the years.

In general, coroners look at all available information to determine the cause of death (natural or not), decide whether to order a post-mortem examination (autopsy) if there are questions around the cause of death, and hold an inquest if the post-mortem shows the death was due to something other than natural causes. The purpose of an inquest is to find out the facts not for judging who was to blame. In many areas, the Office of the Coroner was abolished and replaced with the office of the Medical Examiner. Medical Examiners are appointed to their position and almost always are physicians (learn more here).

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In addition to detailing specifics about an ancestor’s demise, coroner's records can also reveal plenty of genealogy research clues. Typically, a coroner used a standard pre-printed form. The contents and format will vary by locality and time period may include some or all of the following:

Inquest form (details on deceased). If the coroner determined the cause of death was criminal negligence or murder, he held an inquest.
• Testimony/ies: During an inquest, the court appointed jurors and called witnesses to testify.
• Affidavit (testimony/deposition). Some of these witnesses may have been relatives, and in addition to their names and relationships to the deceased, the records might include their addresses.
• Postmortem findings (autopsies).
• Necrology report; Pathology Report, Toxicology Report
• Proof of identity


How to Locate Coroner’s Records

Coroner and medical examiner files generally are open to the public. If the ones you need are not, family history research may be a legitimate reason for access (check the local laws). Here are a few suggestions for starting your search.

First, check home and family sources (documents, photographs, etc.) and ask relatives if they can remember details about any unusual or suspicious deaths.

A quick Google search on the county and state, plus “coroner case files” or “coroner records” will usually turn up a website for the coroner or medical examiner office in the jurisdiction where the death occurred. Use online databases provided by the county or other government office. Sites such as Cyndi’s List and USGenWeb are also great resources for finding other websites. Also, the Online Searchable Death Indexes and Records site by Joe Beine offers a quick glance at different types of death records available online for free or in subscription databases. The site is organized by state and under Indiana has a link the Monroe County Indiana Obituary Index, which includes a downloadable PDF file of The Monroe County Coroner’s Reports (1896 – 1935) in a summarized table format. Below is a sample page.

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[Image courtesy of Monroe County Public Libary https://mcpl.info/indiana/monroe-county-obituary-index; accessed 17 May 2019]

For older records, consider searching at state, regional, local or university libraries and repositories, or genealogical and historical societies. For example, I have had success with locating coroner case files for several ancestors in the Allegheny County Coroner Case Files housed at the University of Pittsburgh. You can view samples of their case files here.

Also, consult the FamilySearch Wiki online (do a keyword search for “Coroner’s Records”) to find digitized records now available online, or links to other FamilySearch Historical Records Published Collections. And don’t forget to check the Family History Library (FHL) catalog for microfilm available for viewing at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City (do a place search for the locality and look under vital records. For example, this digitized image from Coroner's records, Waterbury District, 1917-1931 (New Haven, Connecticut) on Family Search offers details about Irving Webster, who died on 1 January 1931 in New Hartford, from “a saw wound of the skull by being struck by a flying fragment of a circular saw.”

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[Image credit: FamilySearch https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-C348-M95H-W?i=108&cat=530541 <accessed 17 May 2019>.

 

Scour historical newspapers for articles about your ancestor. Check websites such as GenDisasters.com to learn about disasters or tragic events, or search for blogs that discuss murder, suicides and other suspicious deaths in a locality. Google Books can turn up unusual record sets or books. For example, I found an eBook History of Pittsburgh & Environs and in it there is a photograph of, Samuel L. Jamison the Coroner for Allegheny County in Pittsburgh, whose signature appears on reports I located for two separate ancestors.

Researching Coroner's records may take some extra time and effort, but if you are lucky to find a file or report for your ancestor, there may be useful genealogy clues included to help you solve some of those family history mysteries.

To learn more about this record set, you may wish to check out my webinar on “Cause of Death: Using Coroner's Records for Genealogy” (available for subscribers in the Legacy Family Tree Webinars Library).

 

For over two decades, author and instructor Lisa A. Alzo has been educating and inspiring genealogists around the world to research and write about their ancestors. She has presented 45 webinars for Legacy Family Tree Webinars. Lisa coaches aspiring family history writers through her online courses at Research, Write, Connect https://www.researchwriteconnect.com

 

 


Foundations of Scottish Genealogy 7 of 12: Using ScotlandsPlaces for People in Land and Tax Records - free webinar by Dr. Bruce Durie now online for limited time

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Deemed a Runaway" - Black Laws of the North

Slavery's force was felt far north of the Mason-Dixon Line, and the Black Laws of northern states created valuable records for tracing African-American families. Learn how understanding this law and its records can be uniquely rewarding for descendants of slaves and slaveowners alike, and of those who were their neighbors and friends. 

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