Notes from the past…

Finally…

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…I have started transcribing the transcription of the Limestone County marriage records. For the first week that I had the cd containing the records, I didn’t do anything with it. Allergy season is really bad this year!!! But, I finally started the job on Tuesday, and I am currently on page 5. I hope to do 2 pages per day, for the total of 33 pages. It is really very interesting. It’s a bit of a challenge to read Miss Mullins’ handwriting, although it is usually very clearly written. The problem is that she was taught (1920′s?) to make certain letters differently from how I was taught (1960′s). For example, her “G” looks almost like my “Y”. But after a couple of pages, I have gotten used to her style and the work is progressing at a comfortable pace.
Last week I ordered the Fort Worth Genealogical Society’s 1890 Census Reconstruction for Tarrant County, Texas on cd. I did this mainly because the price was going up from $15 to $20:


“The US Census of 1890 was heavily damaged during a fire in 1921. Thirteen years later, the Census Bureau ordered the destruction of the remaining records. This gap in census records creates a huge obstacle for genealogists. This CD contains more than 131,000 records taken from 15 sources dating from 1880 through 1900. With this information, you should be able to determine the likelihood that a person or family resided in Tarrant County in 1890, thus working as a replacement for this portion of the lost census. Source documents used: 1880 Tarrant County Census * 1890 Tarrant County Tax List * 1890 Special Veterans Census ** 1890 Fort Worth City Directory * 1892 Fort Worth City Directory ** 1900 Tarrant County Census * Obituaries and news from the Fort Worth Gazette ** Masonic Membership Records 1889 & 1890 ** The Texas State Gazetteer and Business Directory of 1890-1891 ** D.A.R. Burial Records of Tarrant County ** Pioneers Rest Cemetery Records ** S.E. Tarrant County Cemetery Inscriptions ** Cemeteries of Northeast Tarrant County ** Oakwood Cemetery Records ** Tarrant County Marriage Records, 1880-1900

Most of my family, from both sides, didn’t arrive in Tarrant County until the 1910-1920′s time period. So I didn’t think I had any ancestors to be found in this reconstruction, but bought it anyway. Who knows who might turn up sometime in future research!
So when the CD arrived a few days ago, I was wandering through the Surname Index, and there was my great-great grandfather Crist Carrico! I found him in the marriage records section. A bit more looking, and there was my great-great grandmother Hattie Kennedy, soon to be Crist Carrico’s wife. They were married in Tarrant County and no one in my family knew that until I bought that cd and started browsing through it!!!
What a lucky find this is! Now I need to make a trip to the downtown library to find said marriage book to learn the exact date of their wedding.
I’m so glad I bought that cd!

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