Margaret’s Baby’s Father & The Lessons He Taught Me

Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL
Mar 24, 2023
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Introduction
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Speaker's Introduction
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Setting the Stage
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The Arkansas Traveler
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Work Plan
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Suggestive Evidence
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Tracking Down the Answer
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Lessons
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Announcements / prizes
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Questions / answers
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About this webinar

Illegitimacy. Poverty. Footloose fathers. Record destruction. Name changes. Conflicting data. Forged Bibles. Careless research by predecessors. All these problems can be overcome even when all are combined into one perplexing person. This session presents eight basic principles on which sound research is grounded. For each, it demonstrates how to apply that principle, drawing upon the presenter’s famed case that proved James Ball of Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas, to be the father of a child born to an unmarried mother in 1824 Louisiana.

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About the speaker

About the speaker

Across a long career, Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS, has been an innovator of research methods and strategies. Published widely by academic and popular presses, she edited a national-level scholarly journal for 16 years, taught
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  1. KD
    Kristin Dennis
    4 months ago

    I can’t wait to read these proofs! What a fascinating case!

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  2. RM
    Rhonda Munk
    1 year ago

    Enjoyed learning from this webinar. Thank you

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  3. AB
    Amy Barrick
    1 year ago

    Very good webinar. It answered a question on my own great-grandfather who was born ISETT and then changed his last name to his biological father’s name Crawford prior to his marriage in 1893. I haven’t yet located a legal name change record, but there may not be one. He did change his last name prior to the death of his father, but after the death of his grandmother Isett who didn’t allow/want her daughter to marry Mr. Crawford.
    More research to be done.

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  4. ED
    Elaine Drury
    1 year ago

    Thank you so much for giving us this wonderful webinar Elizabeth ❤️😊

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  5. RM
    Robin McCarthy
    1 year ago

    It’s not just how Elizabeth teaches us how to do thorough exhaustive research, it’s the way she weaves the information into a rich, colorful, and humorous research story.

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  6. JT
    Joseph Triplett
    1 year ago

    Thank you ESM for extending your career just a little bit longer so that those of us who were not involved in genealogy and family search at an earlier date have the opportunity to experience your lessons directly.

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  7. ZE
    Zoe Eppley
    1 year ago

    ESM’s webinars are the most fun way to learn. Thank you so much for having this series! I am so grateful to ESM for continuing to share her hard-won lessons. She is an inspiration.

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  8. JH
    Julia Hesler
    1 year ago

    I always love seeing how Elizabeth Shown Mills solves “unsolvable” problems!

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