Elizabeth (Schafer) Miller (1837-bef1887) was Corinne's maternal 3rd-great grandmother. What follows is an exploratory analysis of the biographical data I have discovered about her.
1. Vital Records
Elizabeth was born circa 1837 in Germany1, according to the 1860 census, and more specifically, Hesse-Darmstadt2, in the 1870 census. I have not discovered her parents or any record of her birth in Europe.
1.1. Birth Certificate
Without her parents names and an exact date, it will be difficult to locate any record of her birth.
1.1.1. Birth Notice in Newspaper
Without an exact location or date of birth, it will be impossible to locate mention of her birth in a local newspaper.
1.1.2. Bible Record
I am unaware of any surviving family Bible record for the Schafer family. Will continue to reach out to extended family in hopes that one will be discovered.
1.1.3. Baptismal Record
Without an exact location or date of birth, will not be able to locate a baptismal record for Elizabeth.
1.1.4. Adoption Record
There is no indication that Elizabeth was adopted.
1.2. Marriage License
Elizabeth married William Miller on January 31, 1856 in Posey County, Indiana. I do not yet have a copy of their marriage license. Familysearch.org has the marriage index showing Elizabeth's surname as Schaver. Will add this to my list of "to-do" items for my next research trip.
1.2.1 Marriage Notice in Newspaper
I have not yet searched out available newspapers from the time period to see if William and Elizabeth's marriage mentioned.
1.2.2. Anniversary Notice
William and Elizabeth's 25th wedding anniversary was January 31, 1881. Will need to search contemporary newspaper accounts to see if mention was made of any anniversary celebrations.
1.2.3. Divorce Decree
There is no indication that William and Elizabeth were divorced, but a thorough search of court records in Posey and Vanderburgh Counties, Indiana needs to be completed. Will add this to my "to-do" list for my next research trip.
1.3. Death Certificate
I do not have an exact date of death for Elizabeth. However, husband William remarried May 5, 1887 in Vanderburgh County, Indiana. Barring an unknown divorce, Elizabeth would have died before May 1887.
1.3.1. Obituary in Newspaper
Without an exact date of death, I am unable at this time to obtain a copy of her obituary.
1.3.2. Funeral Home Records
Funeral home records might be available that would help identify when and where Elizabeth died. Will add this to my list of "to-do" items for my next research trip.
1.3.3. Tombstone Photograph
Once I obtain her death information, will attempt to obtain a photograph of her tombstone. A preliminary search at FindAGrave did not locate a memorial page for Elizabeth. Will add this to my list of "to-do" items for my next research trip.
2. Census Records
2.1. Federal Census Records
2.1.1. 1880 Federal Census
On June 1, 1880, Elizabeth was enumerated in the William Miller household in Evansville, Vanderburgh County, Indiana3, as Elizabeth Miller, age 42, keeping house. She was born in Germany, and both her parents were born in Germany.
2.1.2. 1870 Federal Census
On July 22, 1870, Elizabeth was enumerated in the William Miller household in the 3rd Ward of Evansville, Vanderburgh County, Indiana2, as Elizabeth Miller, age 32, keeping house. She was born in Hesse-Darmstadt, and both her parents were of foreign birth.
2.1.3. 1860 Federal Census
On June 18, 1860, Elizabeth was enumerated in the William Miller household in Robinson Township, Posey County, Indiana1, as Elizabeth Miller, age 23, born in Germany.
2.2. State Census Records
The State of Indiana conducted state census in 1853, 1857, 1871, 1877, 1883, 1889, 1901, 1913, 1919 and 1931. These, however, were merely for the purposes of legislative apportionment.
2.3. Agricultural Census Records
I have not yet investigated these types of census records to see what light they might shed on the Miller family.
3. Military Records
3.1. Draft Registration
Not applicable, as Elizabeth was female.
3.2. Pension Records
I am not aware of any military service by Elizabeth's father or husband that would have made her eligible to receive pension benefits.
3.3. Service Records
Not applicable, as Elizabeth was female.
4. Land Records
4.1. Deed Records
Deed records need to be thoroughly searched in Posey and Vanderburgh Counties, Indiana to see what records might mention Elizabeth. Will add this to my list of "to-do" items for my next research trip.
4.2. Plat map / county map
Plat maps in Posey and Vanderburgh Counties, Indiana will need to be searched to see what might be relevant to my search for Elizabeth.
5. Supplemental Records
Supplemental records available for research on Elizabeth include city/county directories, court records and will and probate records. Will add these to my list of "to-do" items for my next research trip.
1. William Miller household, 1860 U.S. census, population schedule, Robinson Township, Posey County, Indiana, Stewartsville P.O., page 511, dwelling 417, family 362; National Archives micropublication M653, roll 290, page 576.
2. William Miller household, 1870 U.S. census, population schedule, 3rd Ward, Evansville, Vanderburgh County, Indiana, Evansville P.O., page 43, dwelling 265, family 263; National Archives micropublication M593, roll 364, page 218.
3. 1880 U.S. census, Vanderburgh County, Indiana, population schedule, enumeration district 83, SD 1, page 2, dwelling 10, family 13; digital images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 14 January 2014); National Archives, Washington, D.C.
This post was developed as part of the series relating to Building My 2011 Research Template, an attempt to systematically document and source the details of my ancestors' lives. Comments regarding this template and the conclusions drawn in this article are welcomed.