Monday, May 26, 2014

Autograph Hound

Family Search has loads of good stuff, but sometimes you have to dig for it.  Recently, I was digging into the New York State probate records (a mere 14 million pages).  I spent a week clicking through the 1582 images in box 49 of the Cayuga County estate files.  Tonight, I hit pay dirt on image number 1035:
Citation: "New York, Probate Records, 1629-1971," images, FamilySearch (,215960602 : accessed 27 May 2014), Cayuga > Estate papers 1799-1905 box 49 > image 1035 of 1582.

At the bottom is the signature of my third great grandfather and above it is the "X" of my fourth great-grandmother.  This is a document from the probate file of his brother and her son, Robert Stivers, who died a prisoner of war at Andersonville Prison in Georgia at age 23, during the Civil War.  They signed this page 148 years ago.  Family Search microfilmed these records when I was only 5.  I found it today.

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