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NOTE* This search engine does NOT include the Gedcom database, just the    632 pages of transcribed records. Please check the database  for your ancestors even if they don't show in the search engine.   

I have designed the search engine to search the NOTES and SOURCES within the database. When you get a hit within those areas, you will need to navigate back to the INDEX and find the persons name in the index to view more about the family and read additional notes.

This database has been carefully researched for 15 + years using many sources.
When you see a persons name or information, there can be 2 avenues to explore:
[N] means that there are notes for this individual or event
[S] means there is a recorded source for this name, note, event or date
Many cemeteries of Champaign County have been researched by Karen Heber, and in all of those cases, it is her research and has been sourced.  By checking the [S] code, you will find her contact info. Those cemeteries exclusively are  Evergreen,  and Spring Grove. However,  Comer-Barger, Bodey, Grafton, Halterman, Hills, Lutheran, Reformed, Mt Zion, Roberts, Russell, Shaffer, and Zirkle may also have sources for Karen's comments as well as what the previous researchers found.

Cemetery records followed with a set of numbers (##-##-##) indicates the age given on either the tombstone or the death certificate. An example is (35-2-15) which means the age given was 35 years, 2 months and 15 days.

I have taken the liberty of using many abbreviations to assist in transcriptions of census records. They are the following:

Unless an occupation is given, the person was a farmer.

The 1880 Census was the first to provide the relationships of all persons in the household to the head of the house. It also gives the birth location of the father and mother. I have indicated this by example OH MO PA. This example explained is the individual was born in Ohio, the father was born in Missouri and the mother was born in Pennsylvania.

For the 1900 Census records, information included is number years married which is notated M#y, and the spouse gives how many children she has birthed and how many are still living at the time of the census, shown as # / #. (ie 4/3) . Reads Married 3 years, 4 children birthed by mother and 3 living at the time of the census enumneration.

In 1910 the census indicates how many times the couple have been married, as well as the children of the mother. Example M2x means this is second marriage. The children of the mother is the same as indicated by the format in the 1900 census.

The 1930 census indicates the ages at which both parents were when they married for the first time. This is indicated in the notes as Md 32/28, meaning the husband married at age 32 and wife married at age 28. This is not necessarily the age they were married to "each other", but rather the age they each were married for the first time. 1930 was also the census that asked if the family owned a radio. Unless they owned one, I have not noted it.

**Document transcriptions are preserved in their original format, because historically, they are the original facts. If you see an error in a document transcription, it is not considered "an error". If the person giving the information to the census taker gave a wrong name or wrong age, it is not for us to change the original transcription. If a marriage record or last will and testament document is written Sara instead of Sarah, it is not for us, as a Certified Genealogy Records Specialist, to correct. This will explain any errors that you see in transcribed documents.

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