Here are some interesting and helpful (very helpful!) reader comments on Genea-Musings posts this week:
1) On Finding Ethel - Post 1: Candidate Search (posted 7 November 2013), my readers got ahead of me again (I stopped searching at 6 p.m. last night...):
a) pkw offered: "My first thought when reading your post was that I didn't see consideration of Kays being Ethel's name after her other marriages, and only focusing on before. For example, this could be her: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=103091625 . Especially since she's buried in the same town where she lived with Loy Lathem before he died. Perhaps searching for this Ethel's obituary and/or a marriage record could lead to more information?"
My comment: I mentioned it, but only in passing. It was one of today's tasks! Great find - thanks!
b) Gary Treat helped tremendously: "One of the excellent online Oklahoma resources that should prove helpful in this case is the index to court records (including many marriages) found at http://www1.odcr.com/. It's a really good place to start. A search for Louis Powell reveals a marriage license was filed in Creek County, OK on 15 Mar 1922 between Louis Powell and Ethel Hall. Oddly, another marriage license was filed in the same county 2 years later on 11 May 1924 between Louis Burr Powell and Ethel M Powell. Obviously, this is only an index and additional research should be done in the original records, but it looks like you may be on the right track with the Hall family."
My comment: Excellent find, thanks for the link, and the help. Glad to know my instinct was right! Perhaps they divorced soon after the first marriage and got remarried.
c) Geolover added: "Try findagrave for Ethel M. and John F. Kays
"John was single son living with his parents for 1930 and 1940 in Big Mound Twp., Wayne Co., IL.
"A check of the SSDI showed some likely Ethel Kays' but the most likely appears to have been married to a Marshall Kays in Nelson Co., KY in 1940 Census -- they are buried there according to a findagrave entry."
"Such duplications are being dumped into Family Tree, but the process of deciding which sets are to be separated has not been disclosed.
"These components of the IOUS tend to have major or minor mistakes including in vital dates, spouse identities, parents and children (many of whom also are IOUS with the same sorts of mistakes).
"In my experience some of the duplicate sets are attached wholesale, seemingly randomly, to completely impossible persons (different surnames from the attached parents, and/or born different centuries from supposed spouses/children).
"My suspicion is that this mass of duplicates (originating in so many copies of user-submitted data that were put into new.FamilySearch) are going to be left in Family Tree for *somebody else* to fix.
"If one had not already conducted sound research on my aforesaid ancestor, it could take days or longer for an admin. person to do so. And there must be at least tens of thousands of these."
Treat: It's been a few months, but it was a treat to find the Valuation Revision Books for Northern Ireland online at http://www.proni.gov.uk/index/search_the_archives/val12b.htm.
And this week I found out that NI wills and abstracts of wills were at: