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Are You My Cousin?: Look Out for Those Transcribed Numbers!

Are You My Cousin?

Discovering My Ancestors -- One Cousin at a Time

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I tell the stories of my ancestors’ lives. Whether they lived 20 years ago or 200 years ago, they each have a story to tell. Some ancestors tell their stories willingly. Others must have their stories carefully teased from the records. Sometimes the stories are sad. Sometimes the stories are happy. Sometimes the stories are just funny. Regardless, my ancestors’ stories shaped their lives and the lives of those that followed. Come and share in the tales!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Look Out for Those Transcribed Numbers!

I happily settled in at the microfilm reader at our local genealogy library this weekend. I just knew I would find more information on my elusive great x 4 grandfather Jesse Haley in the deed records for Halifax County, VA. I knew the book and page number to find the deed I needed. I zipped along the microfilm to the correct page. Oh dear, the handwriting was more difficult to read than usual. Looking closer I discovered why. The deed was written in Spanish! In ordering the film from the FHL library I and the librarian had transcribed two numbers resulting in my receiving deed records from Mexico. It was disappointing not find more on Jesse Haley this weekend, but the episode was rather comical (and another lesson was learned!).

Happy hunting!

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