Saturday, October 19, 2013

WHY I LOVE MOCAVO: Langdon Scripture

angdon Wilson SCRIPTURE was my 1st cousin 4x removed. The other night I was experimenting with Mocavo (www.mocavo.com) and found 9 hits for Langdon Scripture.  Since Langdon’s name is unusual, the number of hits was quite manageable. If you are searching for a common name, you will get more results; however, you can add keywords to limit the results.   I love Google, but Mocavo is designed to focus on genealogy-related material. Mocavo will save you time, a precious commodity.

REASON TO LOVE MOCAVO NO. 1

Langdon was born in Michigan but died in South Dakota in 1919. One of the Mocavo hits (http://files.usgwarchives.net/sd/day/land/day-s.txt) was part of the Bureau of Land Management database for Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota.  There are two land patent listings for Langdon W. Scripture in this database, one for 1888 and the other for 1889.The following information is given: meridian, township, range, section, acreage, type and date. (1)  

I now need to submit Form 84 to the National Archives in order to obtain a copy of the Land Entry files.

REASON TO LOVE MOCAVO NO. 2

Another search result I got on Mocavo was in What I Remember of the Great Rebellion. In this case I was shown a snippet that mentioned Langdon Scripture, a private in Company B, with a right thigh, flesh wound. (2) I was unable to see the full page because I have not yet become a member of Mocavo Gold. I therefore searched for the title of the book on Google and found the book for free on archive.org.  Here, I discovered that Langdon Scripture had been wounded while a part of the 20th Michigan Regiment at North Anna during the Civil War. (3) I knew that Langdon served in the Civil War, but I did not know he was in that particular battle or that he was wounded.



REASON TO LOVE MOCAVO NO. 3

And yet another worthwhile Mocavo hit was the appearance of Langdon Scripture in List of Pensioners on the Roll January 1, 1883 (Volume 4). (4) Again, I got a snippet and, again, I found the book for free on archive.org.  Here, I found the following information: certificate no. of pension, name of petitioner, post office address, cause for which pensioned and monthly rate. There was also a category entitled “Date of Original Allowance,” but the page with Langdon’s information had not been fully copied.  The certificate number was 154,515, and that is handy information if I want to obtain more information. (5) 

REASON TO LOVE MOCAVO NO. 4

One of the hits I got on Mocavo was a record of Langdon’s marriage. This time, Mocavo allowed me to click through to the link at LiveGenMI. Here I discovered that Langdon married Louisa E. Conrad in 1894. This site listed the name of the bride or groom, the spouse, volume, page and year.  I can now use this information to investigate further records. As a bonus, two other Scriptures were listed. (6)

There were a few other hits, but they were either not on point or I had seen them before. I now have to decide if I want to join Mocavo Gold. I was very pleased with the free results I got on Mocavo, but it did take more time to hunt down the books referred to in the search results. If I were a member, I would have been able to quickly navigate to the book listed. I am always looking for ways to save time. The $60 annual fee may well be a good investment. There are other features offered to Gold members (see http://www.mocavo.com/gold). Check out Mocavo and let me know what you think.




ILLUSTRATIONS BY:

Dover Publications, Inc., Mineola, New York, Electronic Clip Art, 1200 Ornamental Letters, 2007.

Dover Publications, Inc., Mineola, New York, Electronic Clip Art, Civil War Illustrations, 2003.

Dover Publications, Inc., Mineola, New York, Electronic Clip Art, Elegant Floral Designs, 2003.

CITATION SOURCES:

(1) SDGENWEB File -- Day Co. SD -- Federal Land Records -- Names "S",  South Dakota Land Patents Database, part of the Bureau of Land Management Database, Data edited and prepared by Joy Fisher, (http://files.usgwarchives.net/sd/day/land/day-s.txt: accessed 19 Oct 2013).

(2) Fox, Wells, B., What I Remember of the Great Rebellion, first hit for the search “Langdon Scripture,” Mocavo (www.mocavo.com: accessed 19 Oct 2013).

(3) Fox, Wells B., What I Remember of the Great Rebellion. Lansing, Michigan: Darius D. Thorp, Printer and Binder, 1892. http://archive.org/details/whatirememberofg00foxw (19 Oct 2013), p. 88.

(4) List of Pensioners on the Roll: January 1, 1883. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1883, second hit for the search “Langdon Scripture,” Mocavo (www.mocavo.com: accessed 19 Oct 2013).

(5) List of Pensioners on the Roll: January 1, 1883. Washington,D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1883. http://archive.org/details/listpensionerso01buregoog (accessed 19 Oct 2013), p. 394.

(6) Livingston County, Michigan Marriage Records 1836-1933, Schiendekette – Seamon., 2004 (http://www.memoriallibrary.com/MI/Livingston/Wed/schiendekette.htm:  accessed 19 Oct 2013).


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