My Marthas, part 4

Whoa Hoss!

As genealogy becomes increasingly popular, it’s helpful to dispel a few myths which are still overheard too-often:

      Myth: All the records I need are online.
      Myth: It won’t take me long to prove this.
      Myth: Genealogy is an affordable hobby.
      Myth: My family always spelled their name this way.
      Myth: I’m the only one researching this family.

We will rarely find instant-gratification moments while we explore and research our family history. Identifying the history and truth about our “Marthas” will take time; it will take planning, patience, and money. [GASP!]

Low-Hanging Fruit

Because researching family history is a marathon and not a sprint, a variety of search strategies should be used and successes, no matter how small they seem, should be celebrated. We have a tremendous amount of work still to do on these women and their families but today, and during those other short moments between work and dinnertime, or during a (too-brief) moment of quiet, these “low-hanging fruit” opportunities can help us take one more step, find a small piece of the puzzle, identify a new record, or otherwise just keep going.

While it’s true that not all the records we need are online, we can make the most of those that already are. For my die hard genealogy friends: rest assured. We still have traditional paper and pencil work to do with any records we might locate in these online databases. [PHEW!]

Because records suggest Martha Hamilton, Martha Hamilton, and Martha Rebecca Hamilton were born in Florida, married in Jackson County, and at least seemed to have remained in the same communities of Dellwood, Carpenter, Grand Ridge, and Sneads (all Jackson County) for the first 15 years or so after their marriages, it’s reasonable to take a brief detour and search for their names in the Florida Death Index.

FamilySearch Research Wiki

One of the most amazing resources I use is the FamilySearch Research Wiki. Have you used it yet? I challenge you to hop over and check it out for a moment; enter a geographic place or a topic and explore those results… Pretty cool, huh?!

I challenge you to hop over to the FamilySearch Research Wiki and check it out for a moment; enter a geographic place or a topic and explore those results.

Florida Death Index

Using both the FamilySearch Research Wiki and the Ancestry.com card catalog, it’s reasonable to spend a few minutes to search the following databases for entries of Martha and/or Rebecca and Tyus and/or Hamilton:

What’s Next?

Using our research results from the databases listed above, we should consider the availability of, and our ability to obtain, Florida death certificates. We will get back to federal and state censuses and other records after this busy weekend but let’s enjoy these small detours with low-hanging fruit first.