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Accentuate the Positive 2012 GeneaMeme

2012Last weekend, Australian genealogist, Jill Ball, of the blog Geniaus, created a meme related to things we as genealogists accomplished throughout 2012.  The intent is to focus on the POSITIVE…what we did accomplish…and not the things we may have fallen short on.  It’s all about perspective.  In fact, that’s about how I approached my 2012 Achievements post; while I didn’t exactly accomplish what I initially set out to do, I highlighted many of the things I did accomplish, even though they weren’t my original 2012 goals.  In that post I listed several things, but it did not include many of the things on Jill’s meme list.  That being said, this is why I am writing this post.  I encourage you to participate too, just so you can see how much you actually did accomplish in 2012.

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Dear GeneaSanta, How About Some Research Help

Christmas Wish ListThis year I thought I’d ask GeneaSanta for some research help.  There are a few research projects I’d like to make some progress on, but I need some help.  Help could be in any form:  help with a research plan, access to records, cousins with information, or the people in question could simply fall from the sky (wait, that would be too easy and take the fun out of it).  Here are some of the cases I hope to crack in 2013.

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Researching Solomon Norton – Part 1

Solomon NORTON (aka NAUGHTON) is allegedly my sixth great-grandfather, although I don’t have much in the way of “proof” indicating the father/daughter relationship between him and my fifth great-grandmother Sarah.  Right now, that “proof” consists of a compiled genealogy [1] stating Sarah is the daughter of Solomon, three DAR applications for Solomon through a daughter Sarah (wife of Aaron Webster), [2] and a handwritten transcription of a biography for Solomon found among my family papers. [3]

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Bad Handwriting Gets Better With More Eyes

In my last post, Are you Good At Reading Bad Handwriting, I asked for some assistance in deciphering a pension application.  With the help of some great genealogy friends (Randy Seaver, Darlene Sorenson Bittaker, and Kimberly J. Sawtelle), I was able to fill in most of the blanks.

So I’ve decided to post the transcription as it stands right now.  Hopefully within the next few days I will be writing a post about Solomon Norton and the research done on him so far.

I’d also like to give a shout out to my non-genealogy buds who even took a stab at the document.  It’s nice to know they’re willing to help even though genealogy may not be their cup of tea 🙂

NORTON, Solomon NORTON Pension Application Transcription

Are You Good at Reading Bad Handwriting?

I am working on transcribing the pension application for Solomon Naughton/Norton, Revolutionary War soldier.  There are about 20 words across 5 pages that I am having some trouble with.  If anyone would like to try to decipher these words, I’d appreciate the help.  All of the words are highlighted.  If you click on the link, it will open the document in Sribd for easier viewing and options to enlarge.  A big thank you in advance for anyone wishing to help.

NORTON, Solomon NORTON Pension Application

UPDATE:  See new post, Bad Handwriting Gets Better With More Eyes.