Sunday, May 6, 2012

Monday This 'n That

Nebraska First Families and Pioneer Families

It looks like between Mike and I we have eight surnames that qualify as a Nebraska First Family or a Pioneer Family. I have eight months left in 2012 and I hope to be able to get all my proof together so that all eight families are ready for certificate applications before the end of the year.
I am currently working on the HALL family (Mike's Maternal Grandmother's line) who came to Nebraska with a 4 wagon, wagon train in September 1864, while the Civil War was still going on which made travel from Illinois a bit dangerous. William and Nancy (Thompson) HALL came with three small children and 2 wagons of their own. Joining them was Nancy's brother and another young man to the 'HALL' farm in extreme northern Richardson County, Nebraska near Stella. It appears that William Hall purchased this land prior to coming with his family. His father Aquilla (Equillar) came three years later. The HALL's were Baptists, the Elder HALL being a Preacher in a church in Illinois.

Corrections Have Been Made on the Slocum Photo from Photo Thursday last week.

Southeast Nebraska Genealogy Events This Week

May 8, 2012, 7:15 pm
Dick Administration Building, Union College, 3800 S 48th St, Lincoln
Lincoln Lancaster County Genealogical Society monthly program: Genealogical Research Related to Cemeteries. Presented by Gail Blankenau. Pointers for genealogical research related to cemeteries encourage providing data and photos to help other genealogists.
May 9 and 16, 2012, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Southeast Community College Education Center, Room 405, 301 S. 68th St Place, Lincoln, NE
Intermediate Genealogy: Research Your Family Tree.

Instructors: Marcia Stewart, Cynthia Monroe
$25 tuition

Organizing the Search - Setting Up Your File System

To set up and use file folders to organize your genealogy records you will need the following basic supplies:
  1. A filing cabinet or file boxes with lids.  The boxes need to be strong, preferable plastic, with horizontal inner ridges or grooves for letter-size hanging files.
  2. Colored, letter-size hanging file folders in blue, green, red and yellow.  Look for ones with large tabs.  You can also save a bit of money here by purchasing standard green hanging file-folders instead, and using colored labels for the color-coding.
  3. Manila folders.  These should have slightly smaller tabls than the hanging file folders, and should have reinforced tops to last through heavy use.
  4. Pens.  For best results, use a pen with an ultra fine point, felt time, and black, permanent, acid-free ink.
  5. Highlighters.  Buy highlighters in light blue, light green, yellow and pink (don't use red because it is too dark).  Colored pencils also work.
  6. Labels for file folders.  These labels should have blue, red, green, and yellow strips along the top and permanent adhesive on the back.

Once you've assembled your supplies, it's time to get started with the file folders.  Use different colored file folders for the lineages of each of your four grandparents - in other words, all folders created for the ancestors of one grandparent will be marked with the same color.  The colors you select are up to you, but the following color choices are the most common:
  • BLUE - ancestors of your paternal grandfather (father's father)
  • GREEN - ancestors of your paternal grandmother (father's mother)
  • RED - ancestors of your maternal grandfather (mother's father)
  • YELLOW - ancestors of your maternal grandmother (mother's mother)

Using the colors as outlined above, create a separate folder for each surname, writing names on the hanging file tab insert with the black permanent marker (or printing inserts on your printer).  Then hand the files in alphabetical order in your file box or cabinet by color (i.e. put the blues alphabetically in one group, the greens in another group, etc.).

If you're ne to genealogy research, this may be all you need to do.  If you have accumulated a lot of notes and photocopies, however, it is now time to subdivide.  Here is where you need to choose how you want to organize your files.  The two most popular methods are:
  1. By Surname. Then further broken down as needed by locality and/or record type
  2. By Family Group.
The basic filing instructions are the same for each, the difference is primarily in how they are organized.  If you aren't sure yet which method will work best for you, try using the Surname method for one surname and the Family Groups method for one or two families.  See which one suits you best, or develop your on combination of the two.


Create a family group sheet for each married couple listed on your pedigree chart.  Then set up manila folders for each of the families by putting a colored label on the file folder tab.  Match the label color to the color of the appropriate family line.  On each label, write the names of the couple (using the maiden name for the wife) and the numbers from your pedigree chart (using the ahnentafel numbering system).  Example:  James JONES and Nancy AVERY, 4/5.  Then place these manila family folders in the hanging folders for the appropriate surname and color, arranging in alphabetical order by the husband's firstname or in numerical order by the numbers from your pedigree chart.

In the front of each manila folder, attach the family group record of the family to serve as a table of contents.  If there was more thn one marriage, make a separate folder with a family group record for each other marriage.  Each family folder should include all documents and notes from the time of a couple's marriage.

Documents which pertain to events prior to their marriage should be filed in the folders of their parents, such as birth certificates and family census records.


First sort your files by surname, and then create manila folders for each of the record types for which you have paperwork by putting a colored label on the file folder tab, matching the label color to the surname.  On each label, write the name of the surname, followed by the record type. 

Example:  CRISP:  Census; CRISP: Land Records

Then place these manila family folders in the hanging olders for the appropriate surname and color, arranging in alphabetical order by the type of record.

In the front of each manila folder, create and attach a table of the contents that indexes the contents of the folder.  Then add all documents and notes which correspond with the surname and type of record.

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