5:00PM - 6:00PM
Records of Invention: Your Ancestors in the U.S. Patent Office
The right to protect inventions is guaranteed by under the United States Constitution. The records of the United States Patent Office are often overlooked by genealogists as sources of new information. Patents historically have been both legal and scientific and contain information about everyday persons. This lecture focuses on patent case files, assignments, and law suits arising from patents.
Intermediate. Online database savvy and can locate/read deeds, vital records, wills, and church records., Advanced. Very experienced, including early US and foreign records.
Digital Resources: database tools/strategies; web tools (i.e. Google); general interest, Methodology: evaluating/analyzing information, Record Types: BMD vital records; church; cemeteries; census/substitutes; military; newspapers/obituaries; occupation; slave; tax; wills/probate; land records, Repositories: brick-and-mortar resources; courthouse; NARA, Research Strategies: site-specific search strategies