Wednesday, November 27, 2013
It was sixteen years ago that I put my research into a PDF file and began the process of saving what I had discovered. Several upgrades later, I'm having to reenter my names again because of two huge mistakes. One - not backing up my software program and two - I inadvertently deleted around 2,500 names. This time around I'm doing all the things I didn't do to begin with all those years back; prove my information by sourcing and than backing it up! The other mistake that I continue to do is not note where I'm doing my research. So today in commemoration of Thanksgiving I wanted to look up the family genealogy belief that an ancestor married a descendant of the pilgrim Edward DOTY. I had been researching this information a couple of days earlier and without access to some paid sites I was running into dead ends. So I pulled out my library cards to see what was available to me that way. The Denver Public Library has some great databases to access, so I start perusing through them. Sadly, none of them provide any information to the colonial period. Curiosity pinches me and I start looking at information for my Colorado family lines. An index of Colorado marriages from 1859-1935 that the Colorado Genealogical Society put together reveals a clue for my blocked SMITH line. William A. SMITH to Katie? I think I found them, I'm almost positive it's them, but I must get more information to meet genealogy standards. I'm stunned that it was so easy. I think it is them because the date is close to what was reported in the 1900 US Federal Census, the place is somewhere I know they lived and it's a single listing for a William A. SMITH and Katie G. McELROY married 7 Dec 1890 in Otero County, Colorado. How exciting, I can't wait to prove this information is correct and mine.