Friday, October 31, 2014

DocuChallenge: Phillips, William D

DearREADERS,
Accept the challenge to transcribe and analyze this historical document from Ol' Myrt's personal family history. The only additional clue I'll give you is that I found this on Fold3.com.

IMAGE: If I cited this, I would be giving away too much information for this exercise.
RECOMMENDATION
With any document, I recommend following Birdie Holsclaw's practice to transcribe the document word-for-word, including typed, stamped and handwritten text.

NOW FOR THE CHALLENGE
Let's answer these questions:
  • What is this document?
  • How would you describe the physical appearance of this document?
  • What does this document say about Ol' Myrt's ancestor?
  • What other people are mentioned in this document?
  • What information items do you find most reliable in this document? 
  • What information items do you find less reliable in this document?
  • What value is this document without a citation indicating provenance?
  • Can you craft a citation for this document?
  • What would you do with this digital document?
  • What other record groups should Ol' Myrt consider after analyzing this document?
DEADLINE
5 Nov 2014 - That's right. You've got five days to reply in "COMMENTS" to this blog post here at DearMYRTLE.com, or where this is cross-posted on DearMYRTLE's Facebook or Google+ Community.


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Myrt :)
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6 comments:

  1. I'm not sure I'll find time to participate in the challenge, but I am curious about Birdie Holsclaw's transcription practice. Is it significantly different than standard transcription methods that are taught to genealogists? I did google and learned a lot about Birdie, but I didn't run across her transcription method anywhere. Thanks!

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    1. Birdie's transcription practices didn't differ significantly from standard transcription methods taught to genealogists. She was a significant influence in Ol' Myrt's life, and I always harken back to having seen how she transcribed word for word as mentioned above.

      She had a checklist for each document that included:
      -- extract and conclusion
      -- full transcript
      -- printed image

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  2. What is this document?
    Military Service Card – specifically Civil War Service Application # 376996 Cert #: 243464 A 17 V. R. C.
    How would you describe the physical appearance of this document?
    This appears to be a card index/summary of other documents related to the military service of Phillips, William H. a private in Company K, 10 Regiment of the Indiana Infantry. It was written years after the service, in a least 2-3 different hands. Looking at the document in color would help determine different entries by pen stroke/color.
    Examples on Fold3 state it is a Civil War
    What does this document say about Ol' Myrt's ancestor?
    He served in the military, Civil War as a P [Private] in Co K, Regiment 19 of the Indiana Infantry.
    He probably received land, Cert. # 243464 filing date, 7 Jun 1880 for his service.
    He died, probably, 21 Feb 1921 in Knoxville, Iowa and his widow applied for his benefits 12 Mar 1921, application # 1171114 via the law of 1 May 1920 with cert # 907389

    What other people are mentioned in this document? A widow
    What information items do you find most reliable in this document?
    None until proven. I would first need to learn more about the card and record itself:
    http://www.fold3.com/page/75_civil_war_pensions_index/
    DEAD stamp indicates dying after service with date and location on the last line of the card
    And more about the abbreviations at: http://www.fold3.com/pdf/T289.pdf VRC is the Veterans Reserve Corps
    What information items do you find less reliable in this document? Most of it.
    What value is this document without a citation indicating provenance? Use as hint for other documents/sources
    Can you craft a citation for this document? Yes after more research at Fold3.com:
    Fold3 database, “Organization Index to Pension Files of Veterans Who Served Between 1861 and 1900”, Indiana, Infantry, Regiment 19, Company K, for Phillips, William H.; citing NARA Group T289, roll 2588825
    What would you do with this digital document?
    Find out what it is indexing and then find more primary/original documents to support the facts listed.
    Store the transcription and image on a doc or OneNote entry by surname
    Analyze the transcription to find more – see below
    What other record groups should Ol' Myrt consider after analyzing this document?
    Widow’s Application Card – Ancestry.com – US Civil War Pension Index – search for “William H. Phillips” + Indiana
    1883 Pension Roll Google Books [Iowa – Vol 3 or Indiana Vol 4]
    Compiled Service Record M540 Roll 60 or M594 Roll 19th roll 38 or 20th roll 39
    Pension Application File # 376996 and widows file # 1171114
    FamilySearch.org WIKI https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/19th_Regiment,_Indiana_Infantry
    More about Co K: http://19thindianaironbrigade.com/Company_K.html
    http://www.ingenweb.org/indelaware/Military/19threg.htm
    National Parks Military: http://www.nps.gov/vicilwar/search
    Learn what notation – 11-5-21 means on the right upper corner. [probable date widow’s claim completed?]

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    1. Dear Cary,
      You worked hard on this entry, and I liked the idea of using OneNote, particularly as one is in the middle of research. In this case I had narrowed down the list of William Phillips to eight, and had to painstakingly work through all pension files praying for more info.

      I didn't know which state he served from, if at all. In fact there were some challenges, but I had been taught to look for military service and pension files for every eligible ancestor alive during a specific war.

      Fortunately, on this widow's pension file, her name, birthdate and residence were pivot points matching other records on the couple, so I was able to distinguish this from other men who served.

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