Showing posts with label Family History Library. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Family History Library. Show all posts

Monday, June 20, 2011

What The Last Day of Research Looked Like

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I have had a blast here in Salt Lake City at the research mecca.  Ya, there were some rough days, beat my head against the wall days, tiring days, LONG days.  But, I was determined to enjoy the experience, the good, the bad, the sad, the joyous, the simple acts of pulling books or spinning films, even the act of putting films back in the drawers.  And, enjoy it I did!

Time spent with Becky was special, I mean, having a research buddy is always special and watching her break down those walls, the HARD way, was delightful.  Lunch breaks were full of travel and flower and research chatter.  Walks around Temple Square resulted in lots of photos of flowers for both of us, I got tickled how we would pick the same flowers to photograph and in some cases how very similar our photos were.

The staff/missionaries at the library were always polite and very helpful.  The entire experience was more than grand.  I have no idea if I will ever get back, but, this has been a month to remember.  Always!!  The researchers dream vacation!  The return to reality, dishes, meals to cook, laundry to do, shopping, errands, is gonna be a bummer.  (LOL) Life goes on, travel, research, and all those necessities that go with it.  But, I have those memories!

Man spent some quiet time, well, a lot of quiet time while were were here in Salt Lake. Believe me, he earns it living with me! LOL  He spoiled the fur kids, Mr. G has had a couple of bad days, but, the month in one place has been beneficial to him, he is sassy and frisky and we are thankful for every day he spends with us.

A month to remember, and this is what the last day of research looked like, 5 hours spent in German church records getting copies of Man's ancestors baptisms and marriage records.  I only went for the direct lines and did not get them all, they were spread out over 3 films, written in that beautiful but oh, so hard to read, old German handwriting, one marriage took place in 1721!  And, yes, there is a flash drive, loaded with lots of digital files, all transferred to the computer ASAP, and yes, backed up to an external hard drive.

The last day, bitter sweet, full of memories.

In about 4 weeks of research, mostly which honestly was an exercise in collecting images of documents for information I already had, with a "dash of looking for new stuff" research, I saved about 700 MB of data which translates into about 890 files.  Some of those files are two copies or more of the same document, depending on issues such as, do I want the entire page AND the portion of the page that contains my image.  I guess I know what I can do when I am bored for the next couple of months, err, years!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

The Small To Do List - How to Stretch It

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When I arrived in Salt Lake City I had two (2) to do lists, which, honestly, I thought were fairly pathetic.  I was pretty happy and surprised when I stretched them to last well over two weeks.  Of course, I went on a few research tangents, and ya, they took up some time.  I collected a number of digital images of documents on those tangents. YES!!

So, when I did have the lists down to about 2 or 3 items, I started snooping around the data base for additional little tidbits I would just LOVE to have.  And, I have been coming up with plenty, let me tell you.


By going to other to do lists I have on my data base and reviewing them and determining what items can be done here in the research mecca.

See, in RootsMagic you can organize your to do lists by repositories.  I have done that, have repositories from Georgia to Oregon listed, just in case I ever get there.  Now for sure, there are some items on those to do lists that are only available in a specific repository, but, I am finding quite a few things that I can investigate here in Salt Lake City.

Many of the items in the left column can be done in Salt Lake, 
even if originally listed in another repository.
Another trick I have used is to list all events in a specific locality.  RootsMagic will list all events, births, marriages, deaths, burials, in a locality.  Look at what is on the list, can I grab any documents while here in the mecca?

Above:  Place list, lets have a lookie see at Adams County, Colorado.  Click and see:

Click on "Generate Report" and you will get something that looks sorta like this.  Sorta, cause if you notice the dates they are all more recent, and I cut out the names on this example for privacy purposes.
So, examine this list of events in Adams County Colorado, I ask myself, is it a documented date, do I have the certificate??  If not, will I be able to obtain it from the collection here in Salt Lake City??  This turned out to be a crummy example because I only have births in this county and the dates are all pretty recent.  But, other lists I have generated have resulted in a lot of new documents for my data base covering births, deaths, and marriages.

There are a couple of other little tricks I have used to take my 2 scrawny to do lists and fill my research time here in Salt Lake City, the research mecca.  And I never did get down to the European films floor. There were these German church records I wanted to try to get better images of - - I thought for sure by now I would have them - -

Who knew I could S-T-R-E-T-C-H two to do lists out for a month's research?  Not I.


Sunday, June 12, 2011

Love or Hate Your Flash Drive? You Got Backups?

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Some of you call it a USB drive, some call it a thumb drive, some call it a flash drive, no matter what you call it, they have revolutionized computing.  Small, VERY portable, compact, lightweight, and they now come in lots of gigs for a very small $$.  Geeesh, they come in colors and designer clothing.  They even have their own necklaces, purses or pouches.

I will admit, that I have a love/hate relationship with the flash drive.  I don't like when I plug one in and start getting error messages, that I need to disc check it, or who knows what else.  In fact, those stinkin' error messages have kept me from using them very often, and frankly, I don't really have the need that often.

But, these last few weeks in Salt Lake City I have needed one, and I have been using one, I just close the error messages, ignore them, and carry on.  Copy files to it, transfer the files to the computer ASAP and every night (or early in the AM if I am toooooo tired at night) I back up the files to an external hard drive.

You may call me paranoid if you wish, cause, yes, mmm, I am very paranoid.  I have been dreaming of this research trip for years, denied for a variety of family and personal reasons for years, may never be able to come back, I hope to, but, the Maker decides these things, not I.  So, I am doing everything I can to protect the digital copies I am getting here.  Nope, not one paper copy, Tana is overweight now.

Due to my love/hate affair with my flash drive I only save larger files to it, like a 20 page probate file.  Individual birth, death or marriage records I have been dealing with differently.  Those get sent to one of my email accounts, where they happily reside until I can get them downloaded.  After downloading so as to clear the decks at that email account I actually forward them to myself at a "trash" account I maintain.  That means, that those certificates end up on at least 2 if not 3 email accounts for some time.  (All email accounts reside in the cloud, every single email account is a cloud/online account.)  

Excessive, obviously, paranoid medicine, you bet!

Now, back to those flash drives.  No matter how you feel about them, love or hate, or mix of both, I would like to point out that they should not be trusted with ALL your research from a week or two or more here in Salt Lake City.  Let's be even more specific, you should not trust ALL your research to just ONE flash drive. Here is the short story:

Becky met this gal, chatting along this gal tells Becky this story, summarized here.

 "I had a week here, I fly home tomorrow, I just lost ALL my files I saved to my flash drive this week."

We don't know if she had a lap top computer with her, but, the way Becky understood this sad tale is that this researcher lost the entire week's work, gone, bye bye, oops.

What we think happened is one of those little error messages came up on the computer she was working on, and it told her she needed to format the drive, and she did.  GULP!  She does have a nice clean flash drive now tho.  SIGHHH.  In a matter of a flash (ya, I know, sick choice of words) and one moment of fat finger activity and a momentary brain lapse, she lost it all.

We are guessing, but think that since she flew out, she just brought the flash drive and did not bring her laptop, traveling light.  In hindsight, maybe too light.

If I had flown out here, paid for a week's room and board, spent uncounted hours in the library and lost it all like that, I would have been in the bathroom tossing cookies, crying hysterically, ending up in a heap on the floor.

I feel so badly for her, even tho I did not meet her.  What a hard way to learn a lesson - - there are never too many ways to back up your data.  If you must travel with only a flash drive, how about carrying two??  How about emailing documents to yourself.   Come up with some plan, there are lots of places in the cloud you can store documents, some have free storage.  Find one, use it!

Back it up, but, back it up in more than one place.  And, no I don't trust that flash drive any more than before my stop here in the research mecca.  Yes, Carol has mega paranoid attacks, and I am still not totally convinced my backup methods are sufficient.  So, I am continually looking at other alternatives.  That said, I feel more protected than that poor gal, cause I won't trust one flash drive with my entire week's work.  Poor girl.

* Something else I learned this week about flash drives, seems that some of them only allow 100 files in any given directory.  Solution, make another directory and fill it with files.  Who knew??

Flash drive graphic courtesy of

'Tears a many' graphic courtesy of

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Got County Codes? Reflections Does!

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The other day I showed you a Soundex chart from some research I was doing in the state of Washington, it was an edited version because all I was interested in sharing with you was the code.

Today, I am going to go back to that chart, but, here is the entire chart, all columns represented:

Now, you will find additional information here, like a birthday, for example for Enola Ethel Lashbrook, father L. J. (that is in error by the way) and mother Dollie Justice, and indication that she was born in Spokane City with a certificate number of 540.  I have already learned that those certificate numbers can be helpful or basically useless in actually locating the document on the film, so I have not been using them much, especially for earlier years of certificates.

So, if you want to pull Enola's birth certificate, you go to the catalog at FamilySearch, pull up Washington Vital records, births, and find a VERY long list of films.  So, you go to the films for 1918, Spokane CITY, note that is CITY, not county, and find film 1819344.  Pull the film and proceed to locate the record.

I was in pretty good shape plugging away like this till I got to the index films that cover 1940 -45.  Oh, oh, here is what I got:

Note, that the county or city names are gone.  So, what do we have, OK, the 216 is the Soundex code, surname, given name of father, a female given name, which I discover later is the child's name, F or M, you can figure that column out.  Next we have stuff like 171, 082, 271.  What does that stand for??  Next is a group of 3 numbers/letters.  We can pretty well guess that O 20 45, for example is for October, 20, 1945, and we would be right in that guess.  Some entries have a number in the last column, some do not.

Common sense tells us what most of the columns are, educated guessing tells me that those 171 and 271 are county or city codes, which I will need to break/figure out before I can pull film.  That last column is probably a certificate number.

First things first, that county/city code.  Back at the catalog entry for Washington births I find:

See instructions at beginning of each set of years for complete explanation of contents in index.

So, I pull the very first index film for these years, and find:

NOTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  No explanation.  I am totally bummed, and OK, disgusted.

So, I decide to work on something else, until, somewhere down in the dark and sometimes confused recesses of my memory banks, I remember VitalSearch.

I remember they used to have county code number charts.  I surf over, I click around a bit never passing into the "gotta pay realm" and find:

Yes, indeedy, a county and city code chart!  Check the codes, compare to the catalog, find film number, pull film, and in just a few short minutes,


All thanks to the county code charts!



Thursday, June 9, 2011

Becky, Pure Happy Dancin'

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Becky has been researching hard, VERY hard, and, the other day, she had a HUGE breakthrough.  I grabbed the camera cause she was laughing and crying and giving little screeches of pure delight.  She tells me it had been years since she had been able to add another generation of ancestors to her data base.  She more than earned her little screeches!

I know this photo is out of focus, and grainy, I shot at first with no flash, and caught the raw emotion here, so, just had to share, even a crummy photo tells it all, eh??

I decided, oh, the heck with it, on with the flash, by that time she was ALL smiles!!

And, that my genie friends is the face of a truly elated family researcher!

Becky will be heading outta here in the next day or so.  Gonna miss my researchin' buddy.  We had a lot of laughs, helped each other with names, research hints and together, we pretty much mastered all this new scanning technology.  We had great fun taking photos around Salt Lake City and shared some pretty good eats!

Safe rides Becky, and good luck transcribing ALL those pages of probates and estates and deeds!


Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Soundex?? Remember Soundex??

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Remember Soundex??  When was the last time you had to use it??

Do you even know what Soundex is??  Here is a Wikipedia article.

We used to use Soundex so much that Rootsweb even came up with a converter, remember??

I honestly have to say, it has been so long since I needed to use Soundex that I did not recognize it while doing some research in Washington state birth records index.  Well, not right away anyway.  I sat at the film reader trying to figure out the game plan for this massive set of records for a few minutes, ok, a lot of minutes.

The organization methods didn't seem to be making any sense, Lexxx, Lixxx, Laxxx, I am thinking, Carol you really really need more coffee! This is just not making sense, wondering, can they infuse that caffeine directly into my veins??

Then, all of a sudden my old researching tricks (wanted to say skills, but, not sure I have skills anymore, so, lets just say tricks) came back in a blast from the past.  

SOUNDEX, that is how this is organized.  Well, WOWSERS!!  See:
Remember Soundex??  It was a pretty simple but effective indexer, when the indexer could read the handwriting!  LOL

"L 216" (the L does not show in this graphic, which does not show the full amount of information contained in the index), the Soundex for Lashbrook, and lookie see, I found a few!

It all works when you know the game plan!

Next challenge wii be finding these records on the records film.  Gotta say, I am really glad I remembered what Soundex was!  LOL

Remember Soundex?  When was the last time you used it??


Monday, June 6, 2011

Sometimes it is Just HARD to Find Em!

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Yesterday in my post From the Research Mecca, The Internet VS Hard Core Research Saga,  I mentioned some of the problems finding the document I was after due to some sad indexing.  I won't say it is bad or wrong, just that sometimes the numbers they use in the index don't make sense in my "lookie up reality" research world.

So, here is an example.  What follows is what you can find on FamilySearch when you look at the death index  information for Lucien Bryan Roy:

Lucien Bryan Roy
Washington Death Certificates, 1907-1960
death: 21 Oct 1942 —Seattle, King, Washington
parents: Clyde Raymond Roy, Grace Bryan
spouse: Leone Roy
record title: Washington Death Certificates, 1907-1960
name: Lucien Bryan Roy
death date: 21 Oct 1942
death place: Seattle, King, Washington
gender: Male
age at death: 36 years 1 month 21 days
estimated birth year: 1906
marital status: Married
spouse's name: Leone Roy
father's name: Clyde Raymond Roy
mother's name: Grace Bryan
volume/page/certificate number: 4331

If you open the record to the next page, where ONLY that specific record is addressed, at the bottom you will find:

film number: 2024060
digital gs number: 4224243
image number: 53
volume/page/certificate number: 4331

Here is his certificate, note the Registrar's No is indeed 4331:

Here are the tops of 14 certificates that surround Lucien's, including his again, to show the numbering systems, the State File number and the Registrar's number are different systems. I'll bet you can see the issue pretty fast.  I have arranged these in numerical order via the State File number system, and which is exactly how they appear on the microfilm.

Now, here is the order, starting from the first to the last of my 14 examples looking at only the Registrar's number, which in the case of Lucien is what the indexer used, that is the number I found in the online index.


Not exactly in numerical order, is it?  SIGHH  Because I thought the indexing was done with the State File number when I was looking for Lucien I went zooming right by his certificate.  When I got to file 4331 (State File number) it was not his certificate.  Then began the several minutes of "figure out what the game plan, err, indexing plan" is.  I finally used the date of death to search, and of course, his name, and did a certificate by certificate search till I found him. It was then that I noticed the non-sequential order of the Registrar's numbers.

I am not slamming the indexers, I mean, where would we be without them?  Just showing an example of an oops.  No matter, I found Lucien, after all, I have the image, but the indexing error did suck up some time and slowed me down.

That said:



Sunday, June 5, 2011

From the Research Mecca, The Internet VS Hard Core Research Saga

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Have been researching at the Family History Center here in Salt Lake for a bit over two weeks.  My two (2) to do lists, that I thought were pathetic and short, have turned out to not be so pathetic after all.   Surprised me to no end, let me tell you.  I am still working on the last items on that list.  Yes, I have taken a tangent or two, added a lot of death certificates to the list, deleted some items from the list, hey, it is research time!  LOL,  But, I really thought those pathetic to do lists would last about a week, tops.  SURPRISE!!!

After getting my bearings around the library and sorta mastering the copying/scanning of documents, the research is going a bit faster.  That said, I really must have forgotten what it is to do "real SLOW" research.  Hard core/retrieval/film/fiche/book research.  I have been a bit amazed at how long it is taking me.  And, how tired I am at the end of a 7 or 8 hour day of stomping the library, snooping for ancestors and cousins and the ones that are hiding.

The other morning I decided to work on some Idaho events, first thing I did was to search for the party I was interested in on the FamilySearch web site, and WAHOOOOOO, the image for that event was on line, in fact, there were two images.  I clicked, I copied, I saved to my hard drive and in just a matter of a minute or two I had my event, image and all.  Ca-Ching!!  Gotcha!!

Then, I went back to pulling Washington (state) death certificates.  They are indexed at FamilySearch, but, the images are not available.  My research plan, get as many images as I can, they may be online next month, but it may be next year, or whenever, before they are online.  I had quite a few to grab.

But, it takes a LOT more time to get them off film than it does to get off the net.  Here is the process:

I find the entry on the FamilySearch web site, record the information, date of death, county of death, film number and hopefully a good certificate number.  If it says image number, I know I am in for a long search, because the image numbers are NOT indicated on the film, that is a number used by someone else, probably an internal FHC number.  I need a certificate number and I need a good one.  Ya, sorry to tell you, but some of those certificate numbers are NOT good.  SIGHHH  I found out the hard way.  SIGHHHH!!!

After making notes of this data, I go find the film, come back to my microfilm reader, find the image, take the film to the digital scanner, find the image again, cause you alway lose it while loading to the digital reader.  Next tweak the image, make it larger or smaller, lighten, darken, adjust the contrast, adjust the image so it is nice and straight, choose the dpi you want, save it, want a jpg, tiff or a PDF, choose.

(By the way, if you want to see what the film scanner looks like, here it is.)

After you save the image you can print it to paper, transfer to your USB/flash drive or email it to yourself.  I have not printed ONE piece of paper while here, so I choose either the flash drive or emailing to myself.  If I choose the email, I must bring up the net, bring up my web based email of choice, log in, go to mail, compose the email, attach the document to the email, send, and then, because I am a bit paranoid, I make sure it is received in the email account I sent it to.  (Yes, I have more than one web based email account, OK, I have, mmmm, several, well, OK, I have quite a few.  Yes, she IS out of control!)

Now, image captured and forwarded, or saved to the flash drive, I must rewind the film, shut down the web based email account, shut everything else down, return to my work station, and refile the film.

IF, and that is a big IF, the indexers did a really good job, I can accomplish all this from retrieving the film, to digitizing the image, to refiling the film in about 10 to 15 minutes.  BUT, and oh, this hurts when it happens, if the indexing is done poorly, and yes, some of it is done poorly, it can take me a LOT longer. SIGHHHHH, sorry to all the volunteers, I know you are really working hard, but, sometimes you simply miss.  If you have missed, I can spend well over 30 minutes just trying to locate the image on the film.

Yes, fellow researchers, all that internet research is fun, and, yes, it really is FAST.  Bring on the digitizing!  Good luck to the volunteers that are indexing, may you be blessed with great eyesight and no typos!  My hat is off to you!


 - - not all your records are on the internet, not all your records are even here at Salt Lake City.  Try finding marriage records of any kind for Routt County Colorado on the Family History Library catalog.  Not there.  I could probably write a very long post about that, but, for now, I am back to the stacks of film, the readers, the scanners, I am doing real SLOW research once again, and I am fully enjoying the experience.

* Graphic courtesy of

Friday, June 3, 2011

One Day's Work

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In the Family History Library here in Salt Lake City, they ask that you record the numbers of all the films you pull, a film census of sorts.  So, I have been trying to remember to do so.  The other day, I pulled all these films, except the first two, which I actually pulled the night before (they did not pick up my census report and I found it sitting on my reader of choice the next morning, so, I just kept adding numbers to it).

I was on the "images" trail again, trying to get digital copies of documents, birth, death, marriage, deeds, whatever I can grab.  Sometimes the document is cause for happy dance, sometimes, bewilderment, sometimes your heart goes, ohhhhhhhhh, how sad.  Here is a "how sad" that took my breath away.

I gasped when I read this poor baby had a temperature of 110 +, he must have been on fire.

*This child is the grandson of MOMM, "Mary of Many Marriages", Mary Lovely, or Mary Lasore/Lesoer/Luvly and about another dozen spellings and surnames.

** Penicillin was not discovered until 1928, per this website, and was not introduced until the 1940's as further explained here.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Lunch, Yes, Researchers, err Bloggers, Stop for Lunch

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The You Go Genealogy Girls, Cheri and Ruby, and Becky of Kinexxions and I had lunch today.  Yep, we stopped researching and went to lunch.  We strolled through part of the Temple Square gardens and had a great meal at Blue Lemon.

It was a bit noisy in there when we first arrived, but after we had finished our meal most of the other patrons were done and gone and we had a nice visit.  OK, we told some stories, not saying if they are lies, and some of them will never be repeated, Becky and I were sworn to secrecy!

We had a long, long walk back to the library because we were all ooohing and ahhhhing over the flowers, especially the iris which are in full bloom. OHHHH my, the colors, the size, they are breathtaking.  They had purple and yellow and light orange and even pure white iris.  Many photos were taken by all.  Something about genie researchers, so many of us also love photography and flowers.  We have so much in common!  LOL

It was a wonderful lunch and flower/photo op break. I enjoyed getting to know Cheri and Ruby better, and oh, by the way, Ruby and I discovered the other afternoon that we are distant cousins via Obadiah Bowen and his wife Mary Clifton.  How fun is that??

Yes, even genie researchers/bloggers stop researching and enjoy lunch.  It revives us, so we are ready to go back and dig out some more ancestors after the break.  And, I did!  Dig some out!  I was doing the happy dance at the end of the day, and Becky took a photo, I'll just bet she'll post it!  LOL


Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Search for Isaac’s Will

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Part of my declared mission while here in SLC is to get digital copies of a number of documents, wills, birth, death and marriage records, deeds, etc.

One item on my to do list was to get a digital copy of Isaac Basye’s will, which is in Northumberland County VA, signed 8th of 8th Month, 1739. OKKKKK, no problem, as I know I have a hard copy of this (not yet scanned) at the stick built and I want to see if I can get a better copy, cause, believe me, the copy I have, well, nicely stated, it STINKS!

So, I go to and look in the new catalog. Since being here in SLC, I have sorta figured out the new catalog (that said there is one huge problem with it, maybe I’ll chat about it later, Becky found it and brought it to my attention.)

ANYWHOOOOOOO, I searched the new catalog, and cannot come up with what looks like a film that will have the Will.  See, I was hoping to skip right to the Will Book, so as to, mmmm, save time.  HAHA.  OK, off to the old catalog, with YIKES, the same results. This just is not making sense to me, I know I have looked at this will on film, and have that stinking copy.  My brain just is rejecting all these film numbers and such, so I fall back to plan “R”, as in "plan research", which is to look at the index and see what Book and Page this Will is recorded in (nope, I don’t have that recorded, blame it on my newbie days, a LONG LONG LONG time ago, when I wrote this to do list item, sighhh).

Pull the index film, and that is when the fun began. OH, can you hear the groans?? NO, well, I am surprised.

First thing up is this letter index thingy,  see, there should be names beginning with "B" on page 1.  (This is presuming I remember how these index thingys work, and after this experience, I am not sure I do. SIGH)

I jot down ALL the “B” pages, cause there are apparently a LOT of pages that have names that begin with "B".  Below, my messy notes, I am not looking forward to looking at all these pages, but, I will, oh, yes, I will.

Then, I start looking at the pages, page 1, nope, all "A" names there and no "B's".  Ohh, here we go, page 2, lots of "B" names. No matter that page 2 does not appear in the prior letter index thingy.

So, below you will see a page of "B's".  Note it is page 72, and mmm, I don't have page 72 jotted down on my list above, but, what the hay, don't look a "B" in the face, eh??  Notice anything else?

So, we have one deed from 1752, and another from 1757, and then, ooops, here is one from 1756, and my goodness, all the way down at the end of the list we even had one from 1906.  The names indexed are all over the place too, yep, they all start with the letter "B", but we have Ball, Blackwell, Byrd, not exactly alpha here are we??  OK, those of us that have been researching a while are not one bit surprised by this non-alpha within an alpha list.  It is just one of those things we deal with.  But, most indexes sorta keep the years together and most don't jump from 1752 to 1906 in one page.  (Many pages are arranged this way, start at an early year, jump quickly to a later year, I really don't quite get this, but, that is the way it is.)

And, then, we have pages that have "J" names and then way down at the bottom one sole lonely "S" name.  How special is this?  Again, this is not that out of the ordinary, it is frustrating, but happens more than any researcher in their right mind wants to see.

This particular index is starting to look like one of the worst I have dealt with in many years and my gut told me I would be hours and hours of searching, and maybe still not find Isaac.  SOOOO, I jumped to another plan.  The plan ended up involving books, printed on paper and bound books, books with the basic data extracted and done at another time from these handwritten nightmares on film.  It did not take me long at all to find this extraction of Isaac's will.

And with the help of this extraction I was able to retrieve a digital copy.  I think it is better than what I have at home, that said, as you can see it is still lacking.

This one item on my to do list took me nearly 2.5 hours to find.  But, I got my man, err, my Will.

No, I am not sure that was time well spent, but ya know how something just bothers you to no end, and you just have to figure it out.  Ya, that happened here.  SIGHHH  Well, that's my story and I'm stickin' to it.

Now I need to transcribe the whole thing, GULP!

* Page 232 of the handwritten index has names that begin with "W", page 233 names begin with "H", page 234 more names beginning with "H", and page 235, names that begin with "Y". Page 240 we find both "I" and "J" names. Page 241, more "J" and one lonely "H" name. You can find two "Z" names at the bottom of page 288, along with 5 "L" names at the top of same.  Yep, I'll bet you heard my groans!