SOURCES used for RESEARCH INFORMATION
Information for the Kentucky descendants of John Muse Sr. were extracted and researched from the below listed sources.
SOURCE #1: Mary Hope West and Juliet Fauntleroy published articles in The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Volume 53,Issue: #2, #3, and #4 (April, July and October 1945). "The Muse (Mewes) Family of the Northern Neck of Virginia" This information has withstood the test of time.
SOURCE #2: "Richard Muse of Wythe Co. Va. and Pulaski Co. Kentucky" Unpublished. Written, Researched and Compiled By: Lou Andrew Murphy-"A Noted Muse Genealogist" She provides information you can trust as reliable and proven or otherwise states it requires further research.
SOURCE #3: Court records copied or transcribed from the Adair Co., Casey Co., Pulaski Co., Russell Co. and Wayne Co. Court houses in Kentucky. Information was retrieved from Marriage Records, Bond Books, Court Order Books, Will Books, Estate Settlement Books, Commissioner Deed Books and unbound or unrecorded documents. Best source of first-hand Information we found.
SOURCE #4: "A Southern Legacy Book I & II: Descendants of John Muse of Virginia, pub 1994 & 1997 "Privately Published Manuscripts compiled by Dr. Roger David Chambers in collaboration with Lou Andrews Murphy and Robert T. Muse". This is compiled information using all sources outlined here. A great reference for early and later generations of John Muse Sr.
SOURCE #5: Kentucky GenWeb under USGenweb Project on the Internet. Some of the Information contained here is transcribed from county information. Our physical research in Kentucky did not uncover any major variances in the information disclosed on this Internet site. The only exception is if it could not be found in a County book and was a loose bound record, like marriages then it was not found on the Internet and the only way to get this information was to physically research County Courthouse in question.
SOURCE #6: Church of the Latter Day Saints, Internet. We found these records to be informative and used them as clues to do our research, however the information provide here is submitted by individuals and we have found numerous records on our family to be incorrect.
SOURCE #7: Death records. Here again we found errors but used them as a search engine. Records of this nature, are usually filled out by family members; with or without all of the facts. I know this, because I am guilty of this on my Mothers Death Certificate.
SOURCE #8: Social Security Applications of Deceased Persons. Good source for information. I considered it to be first hand information disclosed by individual when he or she filled out the application.
SOURCE #9: Family records. A good source, but not always correct due information could have been recorded years after the fact. When and if we used this type of information we matched it with information from other lines or other documents to see if it carried any merit. In some cases this information checked out and we called it Family rememberances and if it didn't we called it family folklore.
SOURCE #10: Muse Family Archives, Aberdeen Maryland. This Archive is under the direction of Robert T. Muse. It contains informal and formal genealogy information on the Muse surname. This is another good source of information.
SOURCE #11: Federal Archives, Southern Region, Atlanta Georgia. Great place to start your research or during. Census records after the year 1840, contain a wealth of information on the individual and it is the closest thing to first hand knowledge of the past, other than court records. Census records of 1900 disclosed birth months and Year.
SOURCE #12: "Hopkins of Virginia And Related Families" Written by Walter Lee Hopkins, Published by J.W. Fergusson & Sons, Richmond, Virginia 1931. Another good source of information, that has stood the test of time.
SOURCE #13: Social Security data Base of Deceased Persons. Internet. Works great if you know some basic information on individual.
SOURCE #14: Kentucky Death Records, KYGenWeb Project. Internet. List date of deaths, place and age at time of death and Certificate #
SOURCE #15: The Internet. This was a great place for collecting initial data and clues. Works great in conjunction with National Archives. However, membership is required for some of the research sites.
We have noted the above sources throughout in order to alleviate some of the miss-information that we found during our research. When we started this research we used the attitude "We believe it if we see it". We have used the terms proven, probable UN-proven and UN-proven to explain parentage or family relationships or have noted further research is required. We relied heavily on census records of Missouri, Kansas, Kentucky and some from Illinois and Tennessee. We copied every Muse Household from 1810-1920 and then correlated the information from one census to another. This provided us a visual picture of the movements of the different households and provided leads as to our next search. However, in the rules of genealogy, Census records alone do not prove parentage but require other source to corroborate the connection. However we did find the census records (1880-1920) that state relationship in our immediate family to be correct during our research. If direct proof could not be obtained then we found at least three sources of circumstantial evidence to prove our argument of relationship and in most cases we ended up with probable UN-proven. Our best sources for this research were all the above. There were other good and worthwhile sources out there, but we did not use them all. Our primary focus in our research was on the Kentucky Muse's that I descended from.