MGP Chapter 3 Thorough Research and Reasonably Exhaustive Search homework – Part 1
This chapter is a struggle for me personally. The question during the MGP2 training is where do you start looking for your records. My online search starts with Family Search, Ancestry and now NEGHS..I also use the books and films at the Family History Center in Mesa. Over the years I have amassed many hardcover books and cd’s that have local and regional information. There are a couple of challenges being a native Rhode Islander. Most of the information is not able to be researched online, much of what is just an index notation you must physically acquire. My version of research trip for instance included a stop at the Town Hall Records Room, in the Town of North Providence, for the death records for 1916. [ld1] I was lucky as it happened to be only one page. The original intent was looking for my 4 times grand father Ernest Everett Lippitt; however looking at the whole document later there are 6 other family member’s on this one page. You have to love small towns! I find it useful to go to the Archive building and start coping information on several surnames from a particular town, over a span of a couple years that I’m focused on. I will then take that information home and dissect the information into a more manageable format I can work with. This is not the best way to do research, but until I live closer or the information is available online, this is the only way I can get the information for extensive research done. For my own style of research, I can tell you this has worked very well for me. I have the 1925 Rhode island Census for Taylor, Lippitt, Angell, and Desmarais in some form of hard copy. This information isn’t online, and most importantly, 95% of these people are my relatives. This for me was not a waste of time or money as it provides me quick access to invaluable research data. This information is also entered by the individual person on the census card, and also often signed.Other cards could be completed by a family member on their behalf.
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The appendix A is about Phillip Pritchett, the answering the basic genealogy questions of who, what, when, and where. To find the answer where would you look? I’d use census, birth, marriage, death, tax rolls, and other legal records that were available from the area. You wouldn’t want to use an index, you want the original source records.
[ld1]Deaths Registered in Town of North Providence year 1916, North Providence, RI Townhall, page 125,
I’m a bit behind on my homework, so the answers to the questions to follow.