Friday, October 3, 2014

Salt Lake Institute 2015

The 20th annual Salt Lake Institute is January 12-16. SLIG is being held at a new venue - the Hilton Salt Lake City Center. Four tracks remain open:
1) Finding Immigrant Origins [David Ouimette] = 16
2) Research in Original Source Repositories [John P. Colletta] = 17
3) Post War Military Records [Craig R. Scott] = 27
4) Resources & Strategies for US Research - Part I [Paula Stuart-Warren] = 17

If you are interested in any of these topics, sign up for a really interesting week of classes with access to the LDS Family History Library.


I'm taking the class on New England Research. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Another run-in with Serendipity

I was attempting another search this morning for James B. Crail just to get my blood pressure up. :)- James was from Ohio and I have two possible records for him during the mid-1830s in Hamilton Co., Ohio and two definite records [1851 & 1854 town lot purchases] in Marieta, Shelby, IN. That's it. Other than knowing he died before 1875, I can find nothing on him - that includes the 1850-70 censuses! As usual I found nothing new.


While checking Crail burials in Indiana on Find a Grave, I did come across a burial for one Willie R. Crail. Willie died 18 October 1895 in Tipton Co. & was buried at Fairview Cemetery in Tipton. He was the son of James & Mima Crail, my great-grandparents.

I was under the impression from conversations with my late uncle that Willie had died in a wagon accident in Shelbyville just before the family was going to move west. Wrong! He died just before the family moved to Shelbyville. Willie died just six days prior to his 12th birthday.

All discoveries are celebrated!