1) We're going to do a little bit of Semi-Random Research tonight...This seemed like fun. I tried picking some letters in my RootsMagic program but kept coming up with people who were still alive, which I don’t want to write about here.
2) Go to your family tree database of choice (you know, like RootsMagic, Reunion, Ancestry Member Tree), and determine who the very first person on your list of C surnames is. Or the first person on your list of J surnames. Or P surnames. Or any other name you need to research. Your choice!
3) What do you know (or not know) about this person based on your research? It's OK to do more research if you need to - in fact, it's encouraged!
4) How are you related to this person, and why is s/he in your family tree?
5) Tell us about it in a blog post of your own, in a comment to this blog post, or in a Facebook Status post or Google+ Stream post.
Earlier today I was working on entering tax records for my Lancaster families in Kaufman County, Texas, and I realized I didn’t have death dates for William T. Lancaster and his wife, Julia A. Cannon. What a perfect pair to work on with this challenge.
William T. Lancaster was the third child of Ellis W. Lancaster and Elizabeth S. Neel, born about 1837 in Missouri. Sometime after 1850, the family moved to Kaufman County, Texas and the family was found in the 1860 census, taken on the 5th of July 1860, as abstracted here:
|Kaufman Co, Texas Marriages Bk 1a, p 68, Lancaster-Cannon|
|1870 Milam Co TX - William Lancaster in the Raymond S. Porter household|
Julia, w, f, 33, wife, mar, keeper hotel, Alabama, TN/AL
Ella, w, f, 17, daughter, single, Divorced, TX, MO/AL
Ollie, w, m, 7, son, single, at school, TX, MO/AL
Mark, w, m, 3, son, single, TX, MO/AL
Carl, w, m, 1, son, single, TX, MO/AL
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