Saturday, October 14, 2017

Joseph Henry Sample-probate record 1910



I have been doing some probate research on several line and found the Letters of Administration for my great grandfather. He died intestate and his son John was named administrator.

I contacted Howard County Arkansas hoping that there would be some paperwork regarding his probate. Unfortunately they were unable to find anything.

Another dead end. This family is really making it difficult to find out anything about them!

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Ancestry.com. Arkansas, Wills and Probate Records, 1818-1998 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

BU program

I am considering taking the Boston University Certification Program. I have for a while thought about becoming certified but have not made a lot of progress on it.

A few years ago I took the NGS Home Study Course and the ProGen study group. Both were very helpful and informative but I still feel there is a heckuva lot I don't know. Also because this program sounds quite intensive and pricey I am hoping it re-motivates me to to get back and complete the BCG certification process.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Early 1900s house soon to be demolished



As a Commissioner on the county historical commission (and yes, right now I do wish my last name was Gordon) one of my committees is to document historical structures that are in danger.

It was probably built in the early 1900s, maybe even earlier.


This is the back of the house that leads to the kitchen.


  
Here is a peak into the doorway. While it looks like a sneeze might make it collapse, it still seems quite sturdy. 

  
It was definitely built before plumbing. The new addition on the bottom right was for an indoor bathroom on what was part of the porch. It is also the section that is the most dilapidated. 

The opposite side of the house.


The front of the house. You probably could get on the porch, but I don't think you would want to. On the plus side, it's doubtful anyone will rush out of the house wielding a chainsaw.  

With the widening of highway 36 scheduled to begin in early summer (2017) this is one of the buildings scheduled to be demolished. Not sure if this house could be rehabilitated, but it is sad such an interesting and historical home be torn down just to be replaced with more concrete.