Trousers, Black Domestic, Tacks & Housekeeping Bills: Problem-Solving with “Trivial Details”

Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL
Jan 27, 2023
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Welcome
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Speaker's Introduction
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Introduction
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Basic Principles
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Case Studies: John Hickman
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Celeste LaCombe
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Trousers for Elijah
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Evidence Analysis Process Map
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Marie Louise Mariotte
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James Ball
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FAN Club
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Hugh Griffin
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Thomas Anderson
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Nancy Flanders
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Bachariah Harper
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Conclusion
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Announcements / prizes
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Questions / answers
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About this webinar

The records we use are filled with “trivia,” bits and pieces of information that seem to have no “genealogical” value—at least not until we become more innovative in our research and analysis. Each piece of trivia in every document is an opportunity waiting to be connected to something else. Our ability to resolve problems depends upon our ability to make those connections. This class explores eighteen types of records and the kind of hidden clues each offers to help us resolve problems of identity, kinship, and origin.

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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. RW
    ROBIN WICKS
    1 day ago

    Looking at probate sales will never be the same again – thank you!

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    Mary Anne Price
    1 day ago

    Excellent . Am going to listen again, then read the references cited in the syllabus

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  3. RT
    ROSALIE TERAN
    1 day ago

    Elizabeth’s presentation really “opened my eyes” to so many avenues available once you start the analysis process of the so called trivia. I look forward to her future presentations.

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  4. TS
    Trish Short
    1 day ago

    Excellent seminar on ‘treasure hunting’ !!!

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  5. TB
    Therese Beckman
    1 day ago

    What a great introduction to the wisdom of Elizabeth Shown Mills! The stage is now set for a year’s worth of genealogical and personal growth, so, I’m off to search for any Buffalo nickels I can find to rub.

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  6. SB
    Sandra Brimhall
    1 day ago

    This was outstanding. One of the best I’ve heard.

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  7. HJ
    Helen Jean Gent
    1 day ago

    Elizabeth always has our best interest at heart. She wants her students to be the best and provides us with all the insights we need. She makes sure we THINK and not just TAKE.

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  8. DE
    Diane Eppestine
    1 day ago

    Wow, just WOW! I remember, so many years ago, going through probate records and seeing lots of names and slips of paper, some of which I noted, but never had the time (nor the smartphone) to really dig into them. Back to the courthouse I go!

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