Genealogists: Some of the Kindest Folks

As I mentioned in the last post, I’ve been working on my DAR application, and by jove, I’me just about to have my application sent in! And, not just mine, but my mother’s and my daughter’s, as well. My mom is 94, and her application might be expedited. I’m hoping that all three of us will have consecutive numbers, just like our consecutive generations.

Today, in searching for proof of my ancestor, William Gard, 1788-1827, living in Switzerland County, IN, I called the records office for the county. I just wasn’t coming up with anything through the usual search engines.

Now, you must understand, I really dislike using the phone, especially to call strangers out of the blue. But, if today is any indication, I need to get over it. Because, you see, genealogists are just the best people. They get it.

When I called the recorder’s office, I explained that I was looking for deeds for William Gard, and could this office point me in the right direction to find them? The woman who answered the phone said that she couldn’t, but that the office had a genealogist. She was out for lunch, and could I call back?

Well, yes, I could, thank you!

When I called back a bit later, the genealogist, Cindy, answered the phone. I explained what I was looking for, and she said she’d look and call me back. Which she did, about 30 minutes later.

She’d not found any deeds, but she HAD found land patents; was I interested? She walked me through the steps to get to the government site for land grants and patents, and sure enough, there was my William!

Before we signed off, I asked if she could help direct me to the right people who might have a photo of his grave site, said to be on his farm. And, this is where it gets good!

She said that she was on the cemetery committee (Who knew such a thing even existed!?) and would ask around for me. And, once again, she got right back with another phone call.

She had found that his grave was in the Gard Cemetery (What?), and that it was raining, but a soon as it cleared up, she’d be out to get a photo for me.

Wow. Just wow… the kindness of strangers, indeed.

Here is the land patent granted to William, while he was still living in Hamilton County, Ohio:

And, the list of patents led me to his son’s, William Perry Gard, as well:

gard-william perry-1851-land patent-tipton co-IN- B 001

I have no doubt that Cindy will provide me with a photograph. I’ll let you know!


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