52 Documents in 52 Weeks #39 – Nancy Pascal’s Listings

This could be a group photo of the students/teachers of a Sussex County School, possibly Vernon. Do you recognize anyone?

Person of Interest: Multiple people who lived in Sussex County
Relationship: Too many to list


Source Citation: Nancy Pascal, Genealogy Research (http://www.sussexhistory.org/annals/ : accessed 27 September 2017).


Document Description: This week is a bit different but fits loosely within the “document” category of this year’s project. I chose to highlight a website as a source document. The Sussex County Historical Society has a long-term partnership with Nancy Pascal, a local genealogist, to let others view online what she has discovered in her research endeavors. Nancy explains on the front page:

“Here you will find links to transcribed records myself and others have worked on, as well as information I have collected on my own family. While I do have other interests, (:-) this page is devoted exclusively to genealogy. I have attempted to make it as easy as possible for others to view the family lines I have researched. Feel free to contact me regarding anything you might find here. I am always anxious to share whatever information I have with anyone else who can use it as an aid in their own research.”

I like her warning, also presented on the front page:

“Please be aware that all ‘transcribe records/lists’, etc. are never considered proof. Each time records are transcribed the margin of error increases. For this reason I caution everyone to only use this web site as a road map for your own research.”

This little notice emphasizes, that, as a good genealogist, you should always seek out the original documents that make up a transcribed/indexed lists. Indexes, lists, transcriptions, extracts, reprints, translations, and abstracts are all subject to errors of transcription and/or omission. It’s that pesky “your homework needs to be done” principle of a thorough research plan!


Document Scan/Transcription: There is no scan or transcription for this week but I will provide some links to some of the lists and transcribed records she has available. I don’t have screen shots because her disclaimer very clearly states, “This site may be linked to but not duplicated without my consent.” You may have to click around a bit to find what you need. Also, you can search a page that you pull up by using the Ctrl+F keystroke on a PC or the ⌘-F keystroke on a Mac and then typing your search term in the box that pops up.

Here are a few sample links and this is not a comprehensive list every link available on the website. And keep in mind that this is a product of her personal research. You may not find your ancestors listed but that could mean that Nancy hasn’t come across them and does not mean that your ancestor’s record doesn’t exist.

Births:

Cemeteries:

Family Outlines:

Tax Lists:

“Deaths” and “Census Records” seem to be a list of various contributed records but clicking on the links produces an error message reading, “Well this is somewhat embarrassing, isn’t it?” I have been told that the Historical Society is working on getting a lot of these missing links corrected and/or updated. No ETA on when this would happen is available.

There is a Sussex County Map, circa 1865, with the townships.

Church Records has five churches (two from Warren County) listed with a +/- button to open up the lists.

Clicking on the New Jersey Herald link takes you to the newspaper’s website for current news.

There are other categories and I urge you to poke around the website to see what’s available. Besides Nancy’s Genealogy Research page, you might find something of interest in The Old Newton Burial Ground, the Bob Mitchell Collection, and the Local History and Genealogy Links.

Analysis: The information found within theses lists provide great “clues” on where your research should take you next. Whatever sort of information is listed (birth, death, taxes, etc.), track down the original. In cheerleader lingo,”Be persistent, B-E persistent!”

CONCLUSION

While this is a historical society’s webpage, don’t overlook other folks’ personal websites or blogs as useful resources. The quality may vary from site to site. Some may do a stupendous job of sourcing their material while others may just provide their family stories. It never hurts to look though!

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