For those with an interest in American colonial coins and currency, there are two websites that are a part of a project of the Robert H. Gore, Jr. Numismatic Endowment at the
University of Notre Dame:
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Due to several requests, we’re offering another section of this popular class on US land records–join us. The class is informal and there’s no grade!
If you’ve seen those codes or numbers by the cause of death on a 20th century death certificate and wondered what they mean, this page has links to the “International Classification of Diseases.”
This can be helpful when the cause of death is difficult to read. This 1924 death certificate from Missouri classified the death as “118a.”
The contemporary guide indicated it was a hernia. This death was easy to read, but some aren’t.
A reader reminded me that people can appear in “records” or “indexes” at the “wrong” time for a variety of reasons. Newspapers may have columns of “back in the day” items that refer to things that happened fifty or one hundred years ago–meaning your ancestor who died in 1880 may appear in a newspaper from the 1930s.
Ancestry.com‘s probate database typically only indexes the name of the deceased person–however, there are instances where the name of the executor, administrator, or guardian has been indexed instead.
The following databases are showing as updated on FamilySearch:
The following databases are showing as updated on FamilySearch since our last update:
Ancestry.com‘s United States probate collection is incomplete–they don’t have every probate record for states in their collection, they don’t have every thing online that FamilySearch has microfilmed, and their indexes are not complete. But it is a start for those who have a membership. This page has links to the state specific collections of probate materials at Ancestry.com. I find it easier to use than navigating their catalog.